Lions And Zoos

The first diagnosis in New York State since 2013

Summer 2022 has been so much fun so far and felt “normal” again. Getting out and enjoying the things we love to do in the summer together has been such a refreshing change from the past two years. The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly been a struggle for all of us in various ways, but perhaps the biggest has been not being able to do the things we truly love.

But the struggles with COVID seem to have come to an end. Certainly, the virus is still very present among us. But we learn to live with it and adapt to how we need to protect ourselves. We have all become more aware of germs and health care seems to be a priority and certainly the top of the news cycle.

There are reports this week that a new case of polio has been discovered. It would be a first for a long time.

According to the CDC:

-Poliomyelitis, or poliomyelitis, is a disabling and life-threatening disease caused by the poliovirus.
-The virus spreads from person to person and can infect a person’s spinal cord, causing paralysis (cannot move parts of the body).

While most have been vaccinated against polio, the CDC notes that these are the symptoms to note. About 1 in 4 (or 25 in 100) people infected with poliovirus will have flu-like symptoms which may include:

Sore throat
stomach pain

News of the new polio infection is making headlines that Monkey Pox seems to have gained strength. The global outbreak has forced the World Health Organization to declare a state of emergency as cases of Monkey Pox spike.

WATCH: Here are the pets banned in each state

Since the regulation of exotic pets is left to the states, some organizations, including the Humane Society of the United States, are advocating for standardized federal legislation that would prohibit the ownership of large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

Read on to see which pets are banned in your home country, as well as nationwide.

Discover the must-see roads in each state

WATCH: Check out the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pros and cons, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best in which to live. To find out, Stacker looked at data from WalletHub, released on June 17, 2020, which compares US beach towns. The ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. Cities ranged from 10,000 to 150,000 people, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From these rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida won’t be surprised to learn that many of the cities featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.