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

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

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.

Vacationers visiting Walt Disney World's Epcot theme park may want to keep an eye out for feral felines after the Florida Department of Health in Orange County issued a rabies warning in the area following the discovery of an infected cat.

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

Rabies is a viral disease that is caused to a close contact with infected animals. It's home to numerous resorts, in addition to the two theme parks.

The cat may have come into contact with other animals in the area, the health department warned.

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.

Alerts are created to increase awareness to the public. Disney's Hollywood Studios, which is expecting massive crowds for its new Star Wars area starting August 29, sits outside the alert area, as do the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks. Both employees have since returned to work.

"This alert should not give a false sense of security to areas that have not been named under this alert", the statement warned. "We continue to encourage our cast and guests not to engage with wildlife".

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