Lubelczyk C, Lancombe E, Elias S, Beati L, Rand PW, Smith RP. Parasitism of mustelids by ixodid ticks (Acari Ixodidae), Maine and New Hampshire, USA. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases; 2014;5:432-435.
Smith RP, SP Elias, TJ Borelli, B Missaghi, BJ York, RA Kessler, CB Lubelczyk, EH Lacombe, CM Hayes, MS Coulter, PW Rand. Human Babesiosis, 1995-2011, Maine, USA. Emerging Infectious Diseases 2014;20:1727-1730.
Lubelczyk, C, SP Elias, L Kantar, J Albert, S Hansen, K Saxton-Shaw, K MacMillan, LB Smith, R Eisen, B Swope, RP Smith and J-P Mutebi. 2014. Detection of Eastern equine encephalitis virus antibodies in moose (Alces americana), Maine, 2010. Vector-borne and Zoonotic Diseases 14: 77-81
Using similar methodology, blood samples were obtained from 146 moose at seven tagging station in three northern Maine counties, and tested for antibodies against eastern equine encephalitis virus by the federal CDC. Eleven percent of these samples were positive. DOI: 10.1089/vbz.2012.1172
Diakh BE, FE Emerson, RP Smith, FL Lucas. 2013. Lyme arthritis: A comparison of presentation, synovial fluid analysis, and treatment course in children and adults. Arthritis Care & Research 65: 1986-1990.
This case series examines the differences in the presentation, management and outcome of Lyme arthritis between the pediatric and adult population. DOI:10.1002/acr.22086
Nofchissey RA, ER Deardorff, TM Blevins, M Anishchenko, A Boscoe-Lauth, E. Berl, C Lubelczyk, J-P Mutebi, AC Brault, GD Ebel, and LA Magnarelli LA. 2013. Seroprevalence of Powassan virus in New England deer: 1979-2010. Am J Trop Med Hyg 88:1159-1162.
In collaboration with the federal Center for Disease Control & Prevention, our staff organized and carried out the collection of blood samples from the carcasses of 326 hunter-killed deer at tagging stations throughout Maine
which were tested for antibodies to Powassan virus. Approximately 12% of Maine deer demonstrated exposure to the virus. DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.12-0586
Elias SP, CB Lubelczyk, PW Rand, JK Staples, TW St. Amand, CS Stubbs, EH Lacombe, LB Smith and RP Smith Jr. 2013. Effect of a botanical acaricide on Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae) and non-target arthropods. J Med Entomol 50:126-136.
This study repeated and corroborated the tick-killing effectiveness of a rosemary oil-containing acaricide product in comparison with a standard synthetic compound, but further demonstrated the very transient effect the botanical had on non-target arthropods. https://doi.org/10.1603/ME12124
Lubelczyk C, J-P. Mutebi, S Robinson, SP Elias, LB Smith, S Juris, K Foss, A Lichtenwalner, KJ Shively, DE Hoenig, L Webber, S Sears, and RP. Smith Jr. 2013. An epizootic of eastern equine encephalitis virus, Maine, U.S.A. in 2009: outbreak description and entomological studies. Am J Trop Med Hyg 88:95-102, doi:10.4269/ajtmh.2012.11-0358
This paper reports on an outbreak of eastern equine encephalitis in Maine in 2009 in which 15 horses, 1 llama and pheasants in three flocks died. The event represented a substantial expansion of the range of the virus in Northern New England. Results of a rapid response vector mosquito survey are discussed. DOI:10.4269/ajtmh.2012.11-0358
Angel TE, JM Jacobs, RP Smith, MS Pasternack, S. Elias, MA Gritsenko, A. Shukla, EC Gilmore, C. McCarthy, DG Camp 2nd, RP Smith, Warren HS. 2012. Cerebrospinal fluid proteome of patients with acute Lyme disease. J. Proteome Res. doi:10.1021/pr300577p.
This is an analysis of the entire set of proteins in the cerebral spinal fluid of patients with central nervous system Lyme disease. DOI: 10.1021/pr300577p
Muzzafar SB, RP Smith Jr, IL Jones, J. Lavers, EH Lacombe, BK Cahill, CB Lubelczyk, and PW Rand. 2012. The trans-Atlantic movement of the spirochete Borrelia garinii: the role of ticks and their seabird hosts. pp 23-30 in E. Paul (editor). Emerging Avian Disease. Studies in Avian Biology (Vol. 42), University of California Press, Berkely, CA. DOI: 10.3201/eid1212.060448
MacQueen DM, C Lubelczyk, S. Elias, B.Cahill, A. Mathers, EH Lacombe, PW Rand, RP Smith Jr. 2012. Genotypic Diversity of an emergent population of Borrelia burgdorferi at a coastal island recently colonized by Ixodes scapularis. Journal of Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, 12: 456-461. By examining their genetic makeup, this study recorded the gradual addition of multiple strains of the Lyme disease spirochete to a “founder” strain as both ticks and the pathogen became established on offshore Swans Island. DOI: 10.1089/vbz.2011.0811.
Smith RP. 2011. The vectors of Lyme disease (Chapter 1). In Lyme Disease: An Evidence Based Approach. (J. Halperin, ed.); CABI Press, Oxford
Mutebi JP, C Lubelczyk, R Eisen, N Panella, K MacMillan, M Godsey, B Swope, G Young, RP Smith Jr, L Kantar, S Robinson, and S Sears. 2011. Using wild, white-tailed deer to detect equine Eastern encephalitis virus activity in Maine. Vector-borne and Zoonotic Diseases 11: 1403-1409 Sampling blood from the carcasses of 226 hunter-killed deer from 10 Maine counties, researchers found 7.1% positive for antibodies to Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus, demonstrating the value of white-tailed deer as sentinels for EEE. DOI: 10.1089/vbz.2011.0643
Gibney, KB., S Robinson, J-P Mutebi, DE Hoenig, BJ Bernier, L Webber, C Lubelczyk, RJ Nett, and MFischer. 2011. Eastern Equine Encephalitis: an emerging arboviral disease threat, Maine, 2009. Vector-borne and Zoonotic Disease 11: 637-639.
This is a report of an outbreak of eastern equine encephalitis fatal to 15 horses, 1 llama and two pheasant flocks in central and southern Maine in 2009 DOI: 10.1089/vbz.2010.0189
Mathers A, RP Smith Jr, B Cahill, C Lubelczyk, SP Elias, E Lacombe, SR Morris, CP. Vary, CE Parent, and PW Rand. 2011. Strain diversity of Borrelia burgdorferi in ticks dispersed in North America by migratory birds. Journal of Vector Ecology 36: 24-29. DOI: 10.1111/j.1948-7134.2011.00137.x
Elias, SP, RP Smith Jr, SR Morris, PW Rand, and C Lubelczyk. 2011. Density of Ixodes scapularis ticks on Monhegan Island after complete deer removal: A question of avian importation? Journal of Vector Ecology 36:11-23
This analysis demonstrates that the very few questing adult deer ticks that are found on Monhegan following removal of deer are what would be expected on the basis of bird importation alone. DOI: 10.1111/j.1948-7134.2011.00136.x
Rand PW, EH Lacombe, SP Elias, BK Cahill, CB Lubelczyk, and RP Smith Jr. 2011. Multitarget test for emerging Lyme disease and anaplasmosis in a survey of dogs, Maine, USA. Emerging Infectious Diseases 17:899-902. Over 1000 dogs from throughout Maine were tested for exposure to the agents of Lyme disease and anaplasmosis. Transmission of both disease agents was found throughout the southern half of the state. A few dogs in northernmost Maine were positive for Lyme. Exposure of dogs to anaplasmosis was very high in some south coastal communities. DOI: 10.3201/eid1705.100408
Rand PW, EH Lacombe, SP Elias, CB Lubelczyk, T St. Amand, and RP Smith Jr. 2010. Trial of a minimal-risk botanical compound to control the vector tick of Lyme disease. J Med Entomol 47: 695-698.
This study demonstrated that a botanical acaricide containing rosemary oil was nearly as effective in controlling nymphal and adult deer ticks as the more environmentally threatening synthetic product, bifenthrin https://doi.org/10.1093/jmedent/47.4.695
Lubelczyk C, BK. Cahill, J Turmel, E Lacombe, PW Rand, SP. Elias, and RP Smith Jr. 2010. Tick (Acari:Ixodidae) infestation at two rural, seasonal camps in Maine and Vermont. 2010. J. Parasitology 96: 442-443.
Ticks biting the owners of two camps after opening them in the summer were found to be I. cookei and I. marxi, potential vectors of Powassan virus. DOI: 10.1645/GE-2170.1
Edillo F, A Kiszewski, J Manjourides, M Pagano, M Hutchinson, A Kyle, J Arias, D Gaines, R Lampman, R Novak, I Foppa, C Lubelczyk, R Smith, A Moncayo, A Spielman, and the Culex Pipiens Working Group. 2009.
Effects of latitude and longitude on the population structure of Culex pipiens, vector of West Nile virus in North America. Am J Trop Med Hyg 81(5): 842-848. DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.2009.08-0605