A two-year-old boy climbed onto a moving conveyor belt at ALT earlier this week, which resulted in him falling through a luggage chute in one of the airport’s baggage rooms.
Earlier this month, the Florida Department of Health in Orlando County issued a 60-day rabies alert after a feral cat scratched two Walt Disney World cast members. Happily, the two CMs were not infected and are back to work. The cat was found in the parking lot of an office building outside the park and was put down.
The alert is for a 2-mile radius around the intersection of I-4 and Epcot Center Dr. (a.k.a. Rt. 536):
This means a significant chunk of the Walt Disney World (WDW) complex is affected, including a portion of Epcot, as well as virtually all of Disney Springs, Typhoon Lagoon, and Disney’s Sarasota Springs, Old Key West, Port Orleans, Caribbean Beach, Art of Animation and Pop Century Resorts.
Outside WDW property, multiple hotels, strip malls, apartment complexes and other “real life” standalone buildings and public/private spaces, including a Disney cast member housing complex, are under the alert.
So how does this affect you and your safety when visiting Central Florida?
This photo popped up on Twitter a while back* and was so shocking at first glance that I just knew I needed to find an explanation:
— Adam Wood (@adtomwood) May 29, 2015
If you’ve ever been to Walt Disney World, or Central Florida in general, and have tasted our water – either via water fountain or tap – you know that it tastes a little….funky.
People describe Central FL in different ways (like sulphur, funny, like rotten eggs, nasty, like chemicals, etc.) and as someone who moved from NYC (their water is not #1 but it ranks pretty high up there), going from New York tap to Florida tap was one of the few negatives of moving down here.
As it turns out there’s a reason why Disney water tastes like it does and it’s pretty interesting…
Zika was THE thing you read about in terms of travel during the summer months of 2016. Spread primarily by Aedes mosquitoes that bit during the daytime, the symptoms of the virus, if they had any at all, were relatively mild for most people – just a few days of fever, rash, conjunctivitis (“pink eye”), muscle and joint pain, malaise (a general sense of feeling unwell, often with fatigue) and/or headache.
But if you contracted the Zika virus while pregnant, you ran the risk of your child having severe birth defects that included microcephaly (smaller than normal head, and intellectual disabilities) and other disabilities.
Nearly 85 countries, mainly in South and Central America, but also some in Southeast Asia, as well as several states in the U.S. reported incidents of Zika that year, and it with the number of cases, it was considered an epidemic.
Transmission dropped significantly during the summers of 2017 and 2018, but cases continued each year – just at a lower level.
And then we come to the summer of 2019…