Think twice before petting a stray animal at Florida’s Disney World Resort.
The Florida Department of Health in Orange County issued a rabies alert Tuesday after a cat that was discovered near the Epcot theme park tested positive for the disease.
The feral animal was found close to Epcot Center Drive and Interstate 4, simply east of the park. The alert covers a two-mile radius across the intersection and expires in 60 days.
Hollywood Studios and a number of resorts are additionally in the area.
“This alert should not give a false sense of security to areas that have not been named under this alert,” the assertion warned.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that rabies may be fatal, however, it’s preventable. The viral illness is passed through saliva, and early symptoms can resemble the flu.
Officials urge the public to keep away from contact with all wildlife, including “raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats, and coyotes.” Other animals in the space may also be infected.