The Florida Department of Health issued rabies alert this week for a two-mile radius around Epcot Center Drive and Interstate 4 within the southwest part of the county after exams confirmed a feral cat had the illness. A Walt Disney World spokeswoman stated the cat had scratched two staff however they didn’t get sick.
Authorities stated different animals within the area may have been contaminated and warned residents and visitors to keep away from “feral cats, stray dogs, and all wildlife significantly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats, and coyotes.” Anybody who will get scratched or bitten by a wild animal ought to search medical attention, the health department mentioned. Rabies is deadly. However, fast therapy can shield an individual after they’re uncovered.
The two-mile radius contains solely a fraction of the sprawling Walt Disney World Resort, which spans about 40 square miles. It does include a part of Epcot, which is one in all four theme parks on the property, in addition to the Disney Springs shopping and eating area, the Typhoon Lagoon water park and a few resorts. The feral cat was not present in any of these spots common with vacationers; however, rather in a distant parking area outside a workplace building.
“Alerts are designed to extend consciousness to the general public,” the health department’s announcement stated. “This alert shouldn’t give a false sense of safety to areas that haven’t been named under this alert.”