Rabies Alert for Epcot Area Issued by Florida Department of Health

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The Orange County Florida Department of Health has issued an official rabies alert in Walt Disney World.

Disney officials report that the two employees that were scratched are in good health and did not contract the dreaded nervous system affliction.

Disney's Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, which is home to a number of wild animals, are roughly four and five miles from Epcot, respectively. This rabies alert is for 60 days or until further notice. 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. However, the FDOH provided resources for anybody who has been bitten or scratched by a cat in the area of southwest Orange County. So the public must maintain a heightened awareness about rabies and get all the domestic animals vaccinated as they are at high risk.

Alerts are created to increase awareness to the public.

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Hollywood Studios and multiple resorts are also in the area.

Since this cat may have been in contact with other animals, the Florida Department of Health recommends avoiding contact with feral cats, stray dogs, and other wildlife while in this area. Both employees have since returned to work.

"We continue to encourage our cast and guests not to engage with wildlife", she said.

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