Communicable Disease Service

Peer-reviewed journal


  • Blando J, Robertson C, Pearl K, Dixon C, Valcin M, Bresnitz E.  Evaluation of potassium iodide prophylaxis knowledge and nuclear emergency preparedness:  New Jersey 2005.  Am J Pub Health 2007; 97: S100-S-102.  Available at: (accessed December 24, 2007).

  • Hutson CL, Lee KL, Abel J, Carroll DS, Montgomery JM, Olson VA, Li Y, Davidson W, Hughes C, Dillon M, Spurlock P, Kazmierczak JJ, Austin C, Miser L, Sorhage FE, Howell J, Davis JP, Reynolds MG, Braden Z, Karem KL, Damon IK, Regnery R.  Monkeypox zoonotic associations:  insights from laboratory evaluation of animals associated with the multi-state US outbreak.  Am J Trop Med Hyg 2007; 76(4): 757-767.

  • Jordan RA, Schulze TL, Jahn MB.  Effects of reduced deer density on the abundance of Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae) and Lyme disease incdience in a northern New Jersey endemic area.  J Med Entomol 2007; 44(5): 752-7.

  • Pines LU, Bookbinder SH, Miro S, Burke T.  From bioterrorism exercise to real-life public health crisis:  lessons for emergency hotline operators.  J Public Health Manag Pract 2007; 13(1): 16-23.

  • Schulze TL, Jordan RA, Schulze CJ, Healy SP, Jahn MB, Piesman J.  Integrated use of 4-Poster passive topical treatment devices for deer, targeted acaricide applications, and Maxforce TMS bait boxes to rapidly suppress populations of Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae) in a residential landscape.  J Med Entomol 2007; 44(5): 830-9.

  • Sunenshine RH, Tan ET, Terashita DM, Jensen BJ, Kacica MA, Sickbert-Bennett EE, Noble-Wang JA, Palmieri MJ, Bopp DJ, Jernigan DB, Kazakova S, Bresnitz EA, Tan CG, McDonald LC.  A multi-state outbreak of Serratia marcescens bloodstream infections associated with contaminated intravenous magnesium sulfate from a compounding pharmacy.  Clin Infect Dis 2007; 45: 527-33.

  • Tan ET, Robertson CA, Brynildsen S, Bresnitz E, Tan C, McDonald C.  Clostridium difficile-associated disease in New Jersey hospitals, 2000-2004. Emerg Infect Dis 2007; 13 (3): 498-500.  Available at: (accessed December 24, 2007).


  • Chang DC, Grant GB, O’Donnell K, Wannemuehler KA, Noble-Wang J, Rao CY, Jacobson LM, Crowell CS, Sneed RS, Lewis FM, Schaffzin JK, Kainer MA, Genese CA, Alfonso EC, Jones DB, Srinivasan A, Fridkin SK, Park BJ.  Multistate outbreak of Fusarium keratitis associated with use of a contact lens solution.  JAMA 2006; 296(8): 953-963.  Available at: (accessed December 24, 2007).

  • Chertow DS, Tan ET, Maslanka SE, Schulte J, Bresnitz EA, Weisman RS, Bernstein J, Marcus SM, Kumar S, Malecki J, Sobel J, Braden CR.  Botulism in 4 adults following cosmetic injections with an unlicensed, highly concentrated botulinum preparation.  JAMA 2006; 296(20): 2476-2479.  Available at: (accessed December 24, 2007).

  • Gottlieb SL, Newborn EC, Griffin PM, Graves LM, Hoekstra RM, Baker NL, Hunter SB, Holt KG, Ramsey F, Head M, Levine P, Johnson G, Schoonmaker-Bopp D, Reddy V, Kornstein L, Gerwel M, Nsubuga J, Edwards L, Stoneciper S, Hurd S, Austin D, Jefferson MA, Young SD, Hise K, Chernak ED, Sobel J.  Multistate outbreak of listeriosis linked to turkey deli meat and subsequent changes in US regulatory policy.  Clin Infect Dis 2006; 42: 29-36.  Available at: (accessed December 24, 2007).

  • M’inkanatha NM, Rohn D, Robertson CA, Tan CG, Holmes JH, Kunselman A, Polachek C, and Lautenbach E.  Use of the Internet to enhance infectious disease surveillance and outbreak investigation.  Biosec Bioterror 2006; 4(3): 293-300.

  • Rota J, Lowe L, Rota P, Bellini W, Redd S, Dayan G, van Binnendijk R, Hahne S, Tipiples G, Macey J, Espinoza R, Posey D, Plummer A, Bateman J, Gudino J, Cruz-Ramirez E, Lopez-Martinez I, Anaya-Lopez L, Akwar TH, Giffin S, Carrion V, Bispo de Fillippis AM, Vicari A, Tan C, Wolf B, Wytovich K, Borus P, Mbugua F, Chege P, Kombich J, Akoua-Koffie C, Smit S, Bukenya H, Bwogi J, Baliraine FN, Kremer J, Muller C, Santibanez S.  Identical genotype B3 sequences from measles patients in 4 countries, 2005.  Emerg Infect Dis 2006; 12(11): 1779-1781.  Available at: (accessed December 24, 2007).

  • Schulze TB, Jordan RA, Healy SP, Roegner VE, Meddis M, Jahn MB, Guthrie DL Sr. Relative abundance and prevalence of selected Borrelia infections in Ixodes scapularis and Amblyomma americanum (Acari: Ixodidae) from publicly owned lands in Monmouth County, New Jersey.  J Med Entomol 2006; 43(6): 1269-75.


  • Daugherty RJ, Posner JC, Henretig FM, McHugh LA, Tan CG.  Tick paralysis:  atypical presentation, unusual location.  Pediatr Emerg Care 2005; 21(10): 677-680.

  • Miro SE, Kaufman S.  Anthrax in New Jersey:  a health education experience in bioterrorism response and preparedness.  Health Promot Pract 2005; 6(4): 430-436.

  • Schulze TL, Jordan RA, Schulze CJ.  Host associations of Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae) in residential and natural settings in a Lyme disease-endemic area in New Jersey.  J Med Entomol 2005; 42(6): 966-73.

  • Schulze TL, Jordan RA, Schulze CJ, Mixson T, Papero M.  Relative encounter frequencies and prevalence of selected Borrelia, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasma infections in Amblyomma americanm and Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae) ticks from central New Jersey.  J Med Entomol 2005; 42(3): 450-6.

  • Taylor L, Tan C, Liu S, Miro S, Genese C, Bresnitz EA.  New Jersey’s smallpox clinic experience, 2003.  J Public Health Manag Pract 2005; 11(3): 216-221.


  • Bednarczyk M, Liu S, Tan C, Bresnitz E.  An overview of communicable disease surveillance activities in New Jersey.  NJ Med 2004;101(9): 45-52.

  • Ching P, Tynan WP, Raymond D, Bresnitz E, Craig AS.  Hospital recruitment for the Smallpox Pre-Event Vaccination Program:  experiences from Florida, Nebraska, New Jersey, and Tennessee.  Public Health Rep 2004; 119 (6): 552-6.

  • Gupta A, Hunter SB, Bidol SA, Dietrich S, Kincaid J, Salehi E, Nicholson L, Genese CA, Todd-Weinstein S, Marengo L, Kimura AC, Brooks JT.  Escherichia coli O157 cluster evaluation.  Emerg Infect Dis 2004; 10(10): 1856-1858.  Available at: (accessed December 24, 2007).

  • Jenkins SR, Auslander M, Conti L, Leslie MJ, Sorhage FE, Sun B.  Compendium of animal rabies prevention and control, 2004.  J Am Vet Med Assoc 2004; 224 (2): 216-22.

  • Morgan R, Bresnitz EA, Tan C, Wytovich K, Eze OS, Robertson C.  The New Jersey and national experience with influenza in 2003-2004 and specific new recommendations for 2004-2005.  NJ Med 2004;101(10):19-23.

  • Olsen SJ, Ying M, Davis MF, Deasy M, Holland B, Iampietro L, Baysinger CM, Sassano F, Polk LD, Gormley B, Hung MJ, Pilot K, Orsini M, Van Duyne S, Rankin S, Genese C, Bresnitz EA, Smucker J, Moll M, Sobel J.  Multidrug-resistant Salmonella Typhimurium infection from milk contaminated after pasteurization.  Emerg Infect Dis 2004; 10 (5): 932-5.  Available at: (accessed December 24, 2007).


  • Herwaldt BL, McGovern PC, Gerwel MP, Easton RM, MacGregor RR.  Endemic babesiosis in another eastern state:  New Jersey.  Emerg Infect Dis.  2003; 9(2): 184-8.  Available at: (accessed December 24, 2007).

  • Morgan R, Bresnitz EA, Tan C, Robertson C.  Influenza and pneumococcal immunizations, 2003-2004.  NJ Med 2003;100(10):21-5.

  • Reissman DB, Whitney EAS, Taylor TH, Hayslett JA, Dull PM, Areas I, Ashford DA, Bresnitz EA, Tan C, Rosenstein N, Perkins B.  One-year assessment of adult survivors of Bacillus anthracis infection.  JAMA 2003;  291(16): 1994-1998.  Available at:
    (accessed December 24, 2007).

  • Robertson CA, Lowther SA, Birch T, Tan C, Sorhage F, Stockman L, McDonald LC, Lingappa JR, Bresnitz E.  SARS and pregnancy:  a case report.  Emerg Infect Dis 2003; 10 (2):  345-348.  Available at: (accessed December 24, 2007).

  • Schulze TL, Jordan RA, Hung RW, Puelle RS, Markowski D, Chomsky MS.  Prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi (Spirocaetales: Spirochaetaceae) in Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae) adults in New Jersey, 2000-2001.  J Med Entomol 2003; 40(4): 555-8.

  • Tan CG, Ostrawski S, Bresnitz EA.  A preventable outbreak of pneumococcal pneumonia among unvaccinated nursing home residents, New Jersey, 2001.  Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2003; 24(11):  848-852.  Available at: (accessed December 24, 2007).


  • Greene C, Reefhuis J, Tan CG, Fiore AE, Goldstein S, Beach M, Redd S, Valiante D, Burr G, Buehler J, Pinner R, Bresnitz E, Bell B, and the CDC New Jersey Anthrax Investigation Team.  Epidemiologic investigations of bioterrorism-related anthrax, New Jersey, 2001.  Emerg Infect Dis 2002; 8(10): 1048-1055. Available from: URL: (accessed December 24, 2007).

  • Morgan R, Tan C, O’Donnell C, Bresnitz E.  Influenza review and outlook:  2002-2003, with additional considerations for differentiation from inhalation anthrax.  NJ Med 2002; 99(10):  21-26.

  • Tan CG, Sandhu H, Crawford D, the Regional Anthrax Surveillance Team, Redd S, Beach M, Buehler J, Bresnitz E, Pinner R, Bell BP, and the CDC New Jersey Anthrax Surveillance Team.  Surveillance for anthrax cases associated with anthrax contaminated letters—New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, 2001.  Emerg Infect Dis 2002; 8(10): 1073-1077.  Available at: (accessed December 24, 2007).


  • Weiss D, Carr D, Kellachan J, Tan C, Phillips M, Bresnitz E, and Layton M.  Clinical findings of West Nile virus infection in hospitalized patients, New York and New Jersey, 2000.  Emerg Infect Dis 2001; 7(4): 654-658.  Available at: (accessed December 24, 2007).


  • Manangan LP, Collazo ER, Tokars J, Paul S, Jarvis WR.  Trends in compliance with the guidelines for preventing the transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis among New Jersey hospitals, 1989 to 1996.  Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 1999; 20: 337-340.  Available at: (accessed December 24, 2007).
  • Papania M, Baughman AL, Lee S, Cheek JE, Atkinson W, Redd SC, Spitalny K, Finelli L, Markowitz L.  Increased susceptibility to measles in infants in the United States.  Pediatrics 1999; 104(5): e59.  Available at: (accessed December 24, 2007).
  • Simon TA, Paul S, Wartenberg D, Tokars JL.  Tuberculosis in hemodialysis patients in New Jersey:  a statewide study.  Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 1999; 20: 607-609.  Available at: (accessed December 24, 2007


  • Askew GL, Finelli L, Hutton M, Laraque F, Porterfield D, Shildret K, Valway SE, Onorato I, Spitalny K.  Mycobacterium tuberculosis transmission from a pediatrician to patients.  Pediatrics 1997; 100(1): 19-23.  Available at: (accessed December 24, 2007).
  • Orloski KA, Campbell GL, Genese CA, Beckley JW, Schriefer ME, Spitalny KC, Dennis DT.  Emergence of Lyme disease in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, 1993:  a case-control study of risk factors and evaluation of reporting patients.  Am J Epidemiol 1997; 147(4): 391-397.  Available at: (accessed December 24, 2007).


  • Finelli L, Nakashima AK, Hillis S, Crayne E, Spitalny KC.  Selective screening versus presumptive treatment criteria for identification of women with chlamydial infection in public clinics:  New Jersey.  Am J Obstet Gynecol 1996; 174(5): 1527-33.


  • Askew GL, Finelli L, Lutz J, DeGraaf J, Siegel B, Spitalny K.  Beliefs and practices regarding childhood vaccination among urban pediatric providers in New Jersey.  Pediatrics 1995; 96(5 Pt 1): 889-92.
  • Ettestad PJ, Campbell GL, Welbel SF, Genese CA, Spitalny KC, Marchetti CM, Dennis DT.  Biliary complications in the treatment of unsubstantiated Lyme disease.  J Infect Dis 1995; 171(2): 356-61.
  • Genese CA, Brook J, Spitalny KC.  Hemolytic uremic syndrome in New Jersey.  NJ Med 1995; 171(2): 356-61.
  • Paul SM, Finelli L, Crane GL, Spitalny KC.  A statewide surveillance system for antimicrobial-resistant bacteria:  New Jersey.  Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 1995; 16(7): 385-90.



  • Finelli L, Budd J, Spitalny KC.  Early syphilis:  relationship to sex, drugs, and changes in high-risk behavior from 1987-1990.  Sex Transm Dis 1993; 20(2): 89-95.
  • Tenover FC, Tokars J, Swenson J, Paul S, Spitalny K, Jarvis W.  Ability of clinical laboratories to detect antimicrobial agent-resistant enterococci.  J Clin Microbiol 1993; 31(7): 1695-9.  Erratum in J Clin Microbiol 1993; 31(11): 3081.  Available at: (accessed December 24, 2007)


  • Finelli L, Swerdlow D, Mertz K, Ragazzoni H, Spitalny K.  Outbreak of cholera associated with crab brought from an area with epidemic disease.  J Infect Dis 1992; 166(6): 1433-5.


  • Paul SM, Genese C, Spitalny K.  Postoperative group A beta-hemolytic Streptococcus outbreak with the pathogen traced to a member of a healthcare worker’s household.  Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 1990; 11(12): 643-6.


  • Petrone ME, Teter MJ, Freund CG, Porter J, Parkin WE, Spitalny KC.  Epidemiology of congenital syphilis.  NJ Med 1989; 86(12): 965-9.

CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWR) collaborations









  • CDC.  Misdiagnosis of tuberculosis resulting from laboratory cross-contamination of Mycobacterium tuberculosis cultures—New Jersey, 1998.  MMWR 2000; 49(19): 413-416.  Available at: (accessed December 24, 2007).


  • CDC.  Outbreak of Vibrio parahemolyticus infection associated with eating raw oysters and clams harvested from Long Island Sound—Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York, 1998.  MMWR 1999; 48(3): 48-51.  Available at: (accessed December 24, 2007).









Other publications

  • Paul SM, Aibel M, Berezny L, Campbell CT, Borsuk NM, Tan CG.  Immunization for HIV infected children and adolescents.  New Jersey AIDSLine, December 2006:  15-25. 
  • Paul SM, Berezny L, McHugh L, Tan C.  Increased number of reported invasive Streptococcus pneumoniae cases, Newark, 2006.  New Jersey AIDSLine, March 2007:  21.
  • Paul SM, Berezny L, Weinstein R, Aibel M, Campbell CT, Borsuk NM, Tan CG.  Improved access to immunization through the AIDS drug distribution program.  New Jersey AIDSLine, June 2007:  1, 19.
  • Hamby T, McHugh L, Octania-Pole S, Robertson CA, Tsai S, Bresnitz EA, Tan C.  Communicable disease surveillance in New Jersey.  Available at:
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