Man likely got ‘brain eating amoeba’ at Texas resort
A New Jersey man who died from a rare “brain-eating amoeba” was likely exposed to it during his visit to a Texas water resort last month, health officials said Friday.
The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District said testing done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found evidence of Naegleria fowleri — a rare but deadly amoeba that can cause a brain infection — at one of the four attractions at the BSR Cable Park and Surf Resort in Waco, and conditions favourable for its growth at the other three.
Health officials said the amoeba was found at the attraction that’s a natural body of water, but it’ll remain open because risk of exposure is considered the same as at any natural body of water. But officials added that the other three attractions won’t reopen until “all health and safety issues’’ are addressed.