Florida: Rabies alert issued, rabid cat identified near Epcot

  • Florida: Rabies alert issued, rabid cat identified near Epcot

Florida: Rabies alert issued, rabid cat identified near Epcot

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

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County issued a 60-day rabies alert for a two mile radius around the intersection of Interstate 4 and Epcot Center Drive in southwest Orange County.

For more information, visit the Florida Department of Health Website. The statement warns against contact with any animals found in the area, including feral cats, stray dogs, and wild mammals (like raccoons, squirrels, skunks, and coyotes).

Officials are urging people to stay away from other animals in the area increase rabies have spread.

The Health Department recommends that anyone bitten by a suspected rabid animal should wash the wound with soap and water and then seek medical attention. Rabies is preventable if you can get help quickly.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rabies can be a fatal viral disease which humans can contract if they are scratched or bitten by an infected animal. "The only treatment for human exposure to rabies is rabies specific immune globulin and rabies immunization".

And if you're walking around Disney World and Goofy starts looking at you amusing with a foamy mouth, maybe call Disney security.

The happiest place on Earth, indeed.