The Florida Department of Health in Orange County issued a 60-day anti-rabies warning because the wild cat in the Epcot Walt Disney World Theme Park positively rated rabies, TIME reports.
A warning that stretches over the epicot epicot park was issued when the cat was discovered in a parking lot of a business building outside the park, said Disney spokesman. The spokesman confirmed TIME The cat was scratched, but they were not infected.
We advise our guests not to come in contact with natural wildlife around a 40-square-kilometer area, as the health department warns that the cat could infect other animals, such as skunks, raccoons, foxes and otters. Avoid contact with stray dogs and cats in the area.
The resort, which lies on a natural swamp, already has signs that warn guests not to feed wild animals.
"This warning should not give a false sense of security to areas not named under this alert," the press release said in a press release published earlier this week.
#Steklina Warning issued for southwest Orange County, FL. A 2-mile radius around the I-4 crossing and the Epcot center. Avoid all wildlife and wild cats or dogs. If a wild animal bites or scratches, seek medical help and call @OrangeCoFL Animal services at 407-254-9150. pic.twitter.com/eHrRC4nCUa
– GOHealthyOrange (@DohOrange) July 9, 2019
The Department also issued the following tips for residents and visitors to the southeast Orange County:
All pets should have immediate vaccination against rabies.
Protect the outer garbage in protected containers so that you do not attract wildlife.
Do not leave pet food outside. This also attracts other animals.
Avoid contact with all wildlife, especially wild cats, raccoons, bats and foxes.
If you bite or scratch the allegedly wild animal, immediately wash your wound with soap and water, seek medical assistance and immediately report the incident of the Orange County Animal Animal Services (407) 254-9150.
Glass can be prevented if treatment is provided in a timely manner.
For general animal-related questions, contact Orange County Animal Services (407) 254-9150.
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