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Disney World Warns Visitors After Animal Tests Positive for Rabies. So, if you have recently visited Disney World or have plans to visit soon, you will want to remain alert and stay away from any stray animals.
According to reports, The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) has issued a rabies alert for an area near two of Disney World’s most popular theme parks: Epcot and Hollywood Studio.
The Florida Department of Health in Orange County issued the 60-day alert on Tuesday after a feral cat near Disney tested positive for rabies.
“The warning area is for a 2-mile radius in southwest Orange County around the intersection of Interstate 4 and Epcot Center Drive.
Officials became aware of the cat after two Disney theme park workers were scratched by the diseased animal.
Now health officials are letting guests know that if a guest may become scratched or bitten while in this area, they must seek medical attention immediately.
In case you are wondering what rabies is…
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
The rabies virus infects the central nervous system. If a person does not receive the appropriate medical care after a potential rabies exposure, the virus can cause disease in the brain, ultimately resulting in death. Rabies can be prevented by vaccinating pets, staying away from wildlife, and seeking medical care after potential exposures before symptoms start.CDC
As much as you or your kids may love animals you see walking around, keep this in mind and stay away from them.