Stray cat prompts a rabies alert near Disney World's Epcot theme park

Cops warn animals at Disney World may have rabies

Cops warn animals at Disney World may have rabies

A 60-day rabies alert was issued Monday after the infected cat was found near the intersection of Interstate 4 and Epcot Center Drive, according to Health Department officials.

"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.

Parents might want to reconsider their family trip to Disney World this summer, after the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) issued a rabies alert for an area near two of the resort's most popular theme parks. 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.

The Health Department recommends that anyone bitten by a suspected rabid animal should wash the wound with soap and water and then seek medical attention. They said the infected cat might have spread the infection to other animals in the region. Rabies is preventable if you can get help quickly.

Rabies is a potentially deadly disease that affects the nervous system. "The only treatment for human exposure to rabies is rabies specific immune globulin and rabies immunization". Goofy is a dog after all, even if he chose to enslave Pluto for some reason that hasn't been explained to our satisfaction yet.

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