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Stray cat raises rabies alert near Disney World Epcot theme park



Think twice before stroking a stray pet at Disney World Resort in Florida.

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County has released a

rabies alert

On Tuesday, a cat found near the Epcot theme park tested positive for the disease.

The wild animal was found near Epcot Center Drive and Interstate 4, just east of the park. The alert covers a two-mile radius around the intersection and expires in 60 days.

Hollywood Studios and several resorts are also in the area.

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

the

Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention

warns that rabies can be fatal, but that it can be prevented. The viral disease is transmitted by saliva and the first symptoms may resemble those of the flu.

Officials urge the public to avoid contact with all wildlife, including "raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, felines and coyotes". Other animals in the area can also be infected.

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