A feral cat that has been wandering around Disney World’s Epcot tested positive for rabies, leading up to a 60-day alert issued by the Florida Department of Health in Orange County.
According to Yahoo! News, the rabies alert was issued after the feral cat scratched two Disney World employees. A rep from the company says the employees were not infected and returned back to work. The cat was found inside of an office building’s parking lot and the health department believes it may have infected other animals in the area. The department made an official statement on their Twitter page urging people to stay away from all wild animals
“#Rabies Alert issued for southwest Orange County, FL. 2-mile radius around the intersection of I-4 & Epcot Center Dr. Avoid all wild animals & feral cats or dogs. If bitten or scratched by a wild animal seek medical treatment & call @OrangeCoFL Animal Services at 407-254-9150.”
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The alert is in effect for a two-mile radius in Orange County which also includes a part of Disney’s Epcot.
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“Residents and visitors in this area of southwest Orange County should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population, and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated. The public is asked to maintain a heightened awareness that rabies is active in this area of southwest Orange County.
Alerts are designed to increase awareness of the public. This alert should not give a false sense of security to areas that have not been named under this alert. This rabies alert is for 60 days or until further notice. “
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