TravelAge West Announced its Editors Picks as Part of the Magaz

first_imgAston Kaanapali Shores Selected as a Finalist for Best Resort for Families, HawaiiAston Kaanapali Shores has been named as an Editor’s Pick for Best Resort for Families, Hawaii by TravelAge West, as part of the WAVE (Western Agents Vote of Excellence) Awards. Now in its sixth year, the goal of TravelAge West‘s WAVE Awards is to give travel agents in the Western U.S. the opportunity to recognize the outstanding qualities of services of their travel-supplier partners. The Editor’s Picks were chosen by Editor-in-Chief Ken Shapiro and the entire editorial team of TravelAge West, based on a survey of selected travel agents, site visits, online research and product analysis.Aston Kaanapali Shores, located on Maui’s world-famous Kaanapali Beach, is perfectly suited for families. Accommodations provide a home-like setting with spacious suites with full kitchens, allowing the freedom to dine in and relax together. The resort features an on-site beachfront restaurant, two swimming pools, two jet spas, arcade room and a fitness center.  Free scuba lessons and free tennis on two lighted courts, pickleball and shuffleboard courts are ready for the active family. Families can also journey through the arts and cultures of the Pacific with the resort’s complimentary, weekly Polynesian Show. The resort’s year-round children’s program, Camp Kaanapali, offers a variety of fun, educational activities including hula and ukulele lessons, Hawaiian arts and crafts and beach exploration, and is available to kids from 5 to 12 years of age. Families come back, year after year, to enjoy the adventures of Maui. Aston Kaanapali Shores makes that experience more affordable with the year-round Kids Stay, Play & Eat FREE program and the free Aloha Book, containing over US$2,500 in savings on dining, shopping, and activities.For the next phase of the TravelAge West WAVE recognition program, all the Editor’s Pick finalists will be submitted to the readers of the magazine, both online and in the print edition, during the month of April. Their vote will determine the best in each category. Travel agent professionals throughout 14 Western U.S. states, along with readers of TravelAge West, are invited to vote on the Editor’s Pick award recipients in 47 award categories. The WAVE Awards are presented at the 2011 Awards Gala, June 2, at The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, CA. Source = Aston Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

Mosquito screening found to be useful for tracking recurrence of lymphatic filariasis

first_img Source: Jul 27 2018To ensure elimination of the Wuchereria bancrofti, a parasitic roundworm that causes lymphatic filariasis, public health workers must follow up mass drug administration with careful monitoring for recurrence. To that end, a study published this week in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases analyzes the effectiveness of mosquito screening as a tool to gauge parasite presence. Related StoriesMachine learning identifies bugs that spread Chagas diseaseGM fungus kills 99% of mosquitoes in Malaria-endemic region of AfricaNitrogen-rich diet reduces mosquitoes’ ability to transmit ZikaThe parasitic nematode worm W. bancrofti, spread by mosquitos, is the major cause of lymphatic filariasis (LF), which can cause elephantiasis— severe swelling of the extremities. Since 2000, the World Health Organization has undertaken a global program to eliminate LF, which revolves around mass drug administrations to treat entire populations for the parasite. Currently, monitoring efforts post-drug administration include regular testing for the presence of antibodies among adult humans.In the new work, Seth Irish, of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and colleagues collected mosquitos from 180 traps sites in each of two areas of Bangladesh—one which was previously endemic for LF and the other non-endemic. Using real-time PCR, they conducted molecular xenomonitoring (MX) on the insects to detect any W. bancrofti DNA.A total of 24,436 mosquitos were collected, and 10,344 (41%) were Culex quinquefasciatus, the mosquito which transmits W. bancrofti in Bangladesh. None of the 594 pools of mosquitos collected during the study period tested positive for W. bancrofti DNA, correlating with the results of surveys that had been carried out in the human population to track any reemergence of LF.“The practical application of xenomonitoring activities is worthy of discussion,” the researchers say. “Further operational research and information sharing about how to programmatically simplify and standardize MX evaluations will also make these evaluations more accessible to a larger number of LF endemic countries entering the post-elimination validation period.”center_img A gravid trap collection bag is inspected by an entomologist during the xenomonitoring study in Bangladesh. Credit: Irish, et al. 2018 (CC BY 4.0)last_img read more