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A surf park in Waco has closed for testing after a New Jersey man died earlier this month from a rare brain infection caused by an amoeba.

But the "brain-eating amoeba" infections can also occur in inadequately chlorinated swimming pools or heated and contaminated tap water, hot springs, geothermal drinking water, and water heaters.

A surfer in the United States died of the extremely rare "brain-eating amoeba" just days after visiting a surf park.

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Stabile was tested for numerous diseases and bacteria, but everything kept coming back as negative or inconclusive, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald.

The disease, according to the CDC, is nearly always fatal, with only four people out of 143 cases have survived the infection. "By the time Fabrizio was diagnosed, it was too late to administer the drug that had previously been provided to three of the only five known survivors in North America".

The CDC says people are typically infected when they go diving or swimming in warm freshwater places. The amoeba is only contracted through the nose, once it enters the nose it travels to the brain where it causes primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), which is usually fatal.

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"Our hearts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the New Jersey surf community during this hard time", Parsons said in a statement.

The CDC told CTVNews.ca that it is assisting the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District on the investigation into a potential Naegleria fowleri exposure at an aquatic facility in Texas. Out of the 143 people that have contracted the disease since 1962, only four have survived according to the CDC website.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is now investigating the case and BSR has voluntarily ceased operation until conclusive results are available.

CDC has already collected water samples and hopes to deliver conclusions by the end of the week.

An obituary in The Press of Atlantic City describes Stabile as an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, surfing and snowboarding. The infection can not be spread from one person to another.


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