The Florida Department of Health in Orange County issued a 60-day rabies warning after a wildcat tested positive for rabies in the Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World. TIME Reports.
The warning, which spans three kilometers around Epcot Park, was issued by a Disney spokesman after the cat was spotted in the parking lot of an office building outside the park. The speaker confirmed with TIME Two actors were scratched by the cat, but not infected.
Guests in the area are advised to avoid contact with the wildlife around the 40 square mile resort as the health office warns that the cat may have infected other animals such as skunks, raccoons, foxes and otters. Contact with stray dogs and cats in the area should also be avoided.
The resort, which is located on a natural wetland, already has signs that warn guests not to feed wildlife.
"This warning should not give a false sense of security to areas not mentioned in this alert," said a news release released earlier this week.
#Rabies Warning issued for southwest Orange County, FL. 2 miles radius around the intersection of I-4 & Epcot Center Avoid all wild animals and wild cats or dogs. In case of stitches or scratches by a wild animal consult a doctor and call @OrangeCoFL Animal Services at 407-254-9150. pic.twitter.com/eHrRC4nCUa
– GOHealthyOrange (@DohOrange) July 9, 2019
The department also gave the following advice to residents and visitors to southwestern Orange County:
All pets should have current rabies vaccines.
Secure the external waste in covered containers to avoid attracting wild animals.
Do not leave pet food outdoors. This also attracts other animals.
Avoid contact with all wild animals, especially wild cats, raccoons, bats and foxes.
If you are bitten or scratched by a suspected rabid animal, wash the wound immediately with soap and water, see a doctor, and report the incident to Orange County Animal Services (407) 254-9150 immediately.
Rabies can be avoided if treatment is timely.
For general animal questions, contact Orange County Animal Services (407) 254-9150.
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