Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
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Texas surf resort closed for ‘brain-eating amoeba’ testing

Texas surf resort closed for ‘brain-eating amoeba’ testing

He said the surf resort, which operates an artificial man-made wave, is in compliance with the CDC's "guidelines and recommendations concerning Naegleria fowleri".

The infection has a 97 percent fatality rate, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Samples from the pool have been collected for testing, with preliminary results expected later this week.

BSR Cable Park owner Stuart E. Parsons Jr. said BSR Surf Resort values its guests' safety and will continue to comply with requests from the CDC and local health department in the investigation.

The park is voluntarily closed until the test results come back.


Naegleria fowleri is a microscopic amoeba which is a single-celled living organism. It most commonly enters the body through the nose, where it travels to the brain causing primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). The agency is testing for Naegleria (nee-GLEHR'-yah) fowleri (FOW'-lur-eye), colloquially known as a "brain-eating amoeba".

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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Symptoms of Naegleria fowleri include headache, fever, nausea or vomiting and usually start one to nine days after the initial infection.

The CDC also reports that there have been 34 reported cases of the "brain-eating amoeba" since 2008, of which only four of those who were infected survived. Other symptoms can include stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, seizures, and hallucinations.

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