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Stray cat prompts a rabies alert near Disney World's Epcot theme park

Stray cat prompts a rabies alert near Disney World's Epcot theme park”

This alert was issued yesterday, June 8th, after a feral cat tested positive for the disease.

Parents might want to reconsider their family trip to Disney World this summer, after the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) issued a rabies alert for an area near two of the resort's most popular theme parks.

According to Disney spokeswoman, two employees were scratched by the cat near an office building roughly two miles from Epcot. Epcot is the only Disney park within the two-mile radius.

Officials urge the public to keep away from contact with all wildlife, including "raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats, and coyotes".

Domestic or wild animals that have not been vaccinated against rabies could be infected by an animal that has rabies. It does include part of Epcot, which is one of four theme parks on the property, as well as the Disney Springs shopping and dining area, the Typhoon Lagoon water park and some hotels.

Officials advise nearby residents to avoid all stray animals, which could have been infected by the cat.

Alerts are created to increase awareness to the public.

The statement warned that the infected cat "may have infected other animals in the area". Both employees have since returned to work. "We continue to encourage our cast and guests not to engage with wildlife".

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