Florida: Rabies alert issued, rabid cat identified near Epcot

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 11, 2019

For more information, visit the Florida Department of Health Website.

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

Officials are urging people to stay away from other animals in the area increase rabies have spread. It is mainly transmitted through biting or scratching of a rabid animal.

Human rabies cases are not very common in the United States as only one in three cases are reported annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Residents and visitors in this area of southwest Orange County should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population, and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated.

Two Disney World employees were scratched by a feral cat that tested positive for rabies in the Epcot area, but neither worker had contact with park guests, Disney said Wednesday.

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

Officials advised the public in a statement to avoid contact with "feral cats, stray dogs and all wildlife particularly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats and coyotes".

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