Florida health officials have issued a rabies alert for an area covering a small part of the Walt Disney World Resort.

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County issued the alert for a two-mile radius around the intersection of Interstate 4 and Epcot Center Drive – which includes Disney’s Epcot Center theme park.

The alert is in response to a feral cat that tested positive for the disease after scratching two Disney World employees.

A Disney World spokesperson said the staff were treated and are back at work.

The Department of Health statement also said: “The identified cat may have infected other animals in the area. Contact with feral cats, stray dogs and all wildlife particularly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats and coyotes should be avoided.

“Residents and visitors in this area of southwest Orange County should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population.

“The public is asked to maintain a heightened awareness that rabies is active in this area of southwest Orange County.

“Alerts are designed to increase awareness to the public. This alert should not give a false sense of security to areas that have not been named under this alert.”

tw1