Tick-Borne Disease Clinician Webinar 5/23/19


Title: Tick-borne Diseases in New Jersey: Clinician Challenges

Date: May 23, 2019

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Speakers: Edward Lifshitz, MD, FACP - Medical Director, NJDOH CDS Infectious & Zoonotic Disease Program and Grace Marx, MD, MPH - Infectious Disease Physician & Medical Epidemiologist, CDC Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, Bacterial Diseases Branch

Objectives: (1) Summarize common tick-borne diseases in NJ: (2) Describe appropriate actions to take when a patient presents following a tick bite: (3) Explain the clinical manifestations of various tick-borne diseases: (4) List effective methods for tick bite prevention

CEUs: 1.0 Nursing Contact Hour & 1.0 Public Health CE Credit

Vector-Borne Illness

"Vector-borne" is the term used to describe illness that is spread when infected blood-sucking insects (such as mosquitoes and ticks) bite a person.  The Communicable Disease Service has staff dedicated to the monitoring, control and prevention of vector-borne diseases.

Specific activities performed by vector-borne illness staff include:

  • Surveillance of vector-borne diseases
  • Identifying risk factors
  • Monitoring geographic trends
  • Providing technical assistance and training
  • Educating the public
Some common vector-borne diseases in New Jersey include:

Some vector-borne diseases that do not occur in New Jersey but may be identified in travelers returning from other states or countries where these diseases may occur:

Laboratory Testing and Guidance

Clinicians requesting West Nile virus testing should complete the Arboviral Testing Request worksheet and send via encrypted email to CDSVectorTeam@doh.nj.gov.


NJDOH Clinical Guidance Update: Arboviral Testing Resources for Emerging or Uncommon Vector-borne Diseases, June 2018


Routine bird testing for WNV has been discontinued, but it is still recommended to report dead or ill birds to the county mosquito control agency; testing birds for WNV remains available by special request.

Last Reviewed: 5/3/2019