Rabies Alert for Epcot Area Issued by Florida Department of Health

Henrietta Strickland
July 11, 2019

Disney World in Orlando, Flordia issued a 60-day alert on July 8 for the areas near its' Epcot and Hollywood Studios theme parks. Other animals in the area may also be infected.

A 60-day rabies alert was issued Monday after the infected cat was found near the intersection of Interstate 4 and Epcot Center Drive, according to Health Department officials.

The health officials in Florida said wild animals around the southwest Orange County are affected by the infection.

The public in the alert area are even asked by the officials to avoid any kind of contact with stray dogs, feral cats and all types of wild animals, including bats, raccoons, skunks, foxes, otters, coyotes and bobcats.

Alerts are created to increase awareness to the public.

Authorities placed an alert in a two-mile radius of the area based on the travel ability of the cat and any wildlife that may have interacted with it, Donahue said.

Disney - which is now dealing with the fallout from its Toontown throw-down in California - may have an even bigger problem on their hands in the Sunshine State, where a 60-day rabies alert was issued for an area near it's popular Epcot and Hollywood Studios theme parks. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "the rabies virus infects the central nervous system", but can be prevented by staying away from wildlife and seeking medical care after potential exposure. All domestic animals should be vaccinated against rabies.

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