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Filtration system at BSR approved, park opens for season

Posted at 7:29 AM, May 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 19:34:22-04

WACO, TX — After gaining the approval from the health department, BSR Cable Park is officially opening one of its attractions after closing it for testing.

BSR Cable Park, located at 5374 Old Mexia Road, had closed the some areas of its park after evidence of a brain-eating amoeba was found in the water last year.

In Sept. 2018, a New Jersey man, Fabrizio Stabile, died after contracting the amoeba. The amoeba, also known as Naegleria fowleri, is "incredibly rare," but is naturally occurring in warm, fresh and sometimes stagnant water. Originally, BSR had said that the tests found no presence of the amoeba, but the health district says Stabile's exposure most likely occurred at this facility.

Testing done at the time by the CDC found evidence of the amoeba in the Cable Park, but not in the Surf Resort, Lazy River or Royal Flush.

The park has since installed a new filtration system, which was approved by the health department Friday, according to officials with BSR.

The Royal Flush opens for the season at 11 a.m. Saturday.

KXXV has reached out to the health district for additional comment.