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Rabies alert issued for Walt Disney World Resort's Epcot theme park

Published Jul. 11

Be careful what you touch if you visit Epcot at any point during the next two months.

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County issued a 60-day rabies alert Tuesday after a cat found near the Walt Disney World Resort theme park tested positive for the disease.

The cat may have come into contact with other animals in the area, the health department warned. Contact with feral cats, stray dogs, raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats and coyotes should be avoided.

In addition, domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated.

The alert extends to a two-mile radius around the intersection of Interstate 4 and Epcot Center Drive in southwest Orange County.

"This alert should not give a false sense of security to areas that have not been named under this alert," officials warned in a statement.

Rabies is spread through saliva, and humans may become infected through a bite wound, scratch or exposure of a fresh cut to saliva of a rabid animal.

The health department encourages anyone who has been scratched or bitten by a cat in the area to call Orange County Animal Services at (407) 254-9150.

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