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Julie Rawlings

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Julie Rawlings, MPH

Julie has her Master’s in Public Health from the University of California at Berkley, where she also took additional graduate courses. Her professional career started at the Texas Department of Health Bureau of Laboratories as a microbiologist, performing diagnostic testing for diseases such as Legionnaire's disease, Lyme disease, rabies, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and typhus. She then worked in the area of clinical pathology culturing organisms for antibiotic sensitivities.  

After receiving her master’s degree, Julie returned to the Texas Department of Health where she conducted epidemiologic surveillance of zoonotic diseases, including Lyme disease. She was promoted to Deputy State Epidemiologist; in this position she was also the state’s Bioterrorism Coordinator and worked with local communities and the Centers for Disease Control on community preparedness for disease outbreaks. 
Ms. Rawlings has been an advisor and frequent presenter to the Lyme Disease Foundation, Inc. since its founding in 1988. In 1989, Julie and the Texas Department of Health cohosted the LDF’s conference in Texas. That was the first Lyme conference ever held in Texas.

After retiring from the state health department, she worked as Senior Exercise Manager, for Global Secure Systems Corporation. In this position she designed, developed, and facilitated preparedness exercises.
Julie has presented at Congressional Rallies during Lyme Awareness Month, and during Congressional “Lunch and Learn” to Senators and House members, and has presented new information at a wide variety of LDF Conferences. She championed Lyme disease in Texas to help patients get access to care and traveled across Texas educating the public.
Julie Chairs the LDF Scientific Committee.

Her extensive list of publications demonstrates her excellence in research into a wide variety of areas.


Betz, T.G., B.L. Davis, P.V. Fournier, J.A. Rawlings, L.B. Elliott, and D.A. Baggett. 1982. Occupational dermatitis associated with straw itch mites (Pyemotes ventricosus). JAMA. 247: 2821-2823.

Hechemy, K.E., E.E. Michaelson, R.L. Anacker, M. Zdeb, S.J. Sasowski, K.T. Kleeman, J.M. Joseph, J. Patel, J. Kudlac, L.B. Elliott, J.A. Rawlings, C.E. Crump, J.D. Folds, H. Dowda, Jr., J.H. Barrick, J.R. Hindman, G.E. Kilgore, D. Young, and R.H. Altieri. 1983. Evaluation of latex-Rickettsia rickettsii test for Rocky Mountain spotted fever in 11 laboratories. J. Clin. Microbiol. 18: 938-946.

Betz, T.G., J.A. Rawlings, J.P. Taylor, and B.L. Davis. 1983. Endemic typhus in Texas. Texas Medicine. 79: 48-53.

Taylor, J.P., W.B. Tanner, J.A. Rawlings, J. Buck, L.B. Elliott, H.J. Dewlett, B. Taylor, and T.G. Betz. 1985. Serological evidence of subclinical Rocky Mountain spotted fever infections in Texas. J. Inf. Disease. 151: 367-369.

Rawlings, J.A., L.B. Elliott, and L.M. Little. 1985. Comparison of a latex agglutination procedure with the microimmunofluorescence test for Rickettsia typhi. J. Clin. Microbiol. 21: 470-471.

Taylor, J.P., T.G. Betz, and J.A. Rawlings. 1986. Epidemiology of murine typhus in Texas, 1980 through 1984. JAMA. 255:2173-2176.

Rawlings, J.A. Lyme Disease in Texas. 1986. Zbl. Bakt. Hyg. 263: 483-487.

Rawlings, J.A., P.V. Fournier, and G.J. Teltow. 1987. Isolation of Borrelia spirochetes from patients in Texas. J. Clin. Microbiol. 25: 1148-1150.

Rawlings, J.A. and R.S. Lane. 1988. The prevalence of antibody to Borrelia burgdorferi among patients with undiagnosed central nervous system disease in California. NY Acad. Sci. 539: 489-491.

Hechemy, K.E., D. Rauolt, J. Fox, Y. Han, L.B. Elliott and J. Rawlings. 1989. Cross-reactions of immune sera from patients with rickettsial diseases. J. Med. Microbiol. 29:199-202.

Rawlings, J.A. 1990. Tick-borne zoonoses in Texas. Texas Vet. Med. J. 52: 21-22.

Teltow, G.J., P.V. Fournier, and J.A. Rawlings. 1991. Isolation of Borrelia burgdorferi from arthropods collected in Texas. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 44: 469-474.

Stein-Goldings, A., J.P. Taylor, and J.A. Rawlings. 1991. Lyme borreliosis in Texas. Texas Medicine. September: 62-66.

Rawlings, J.A. and G.J. Teltow. 1994. The prevalence of Borrelia spirochetes in Texas ticks. J. Med. Entomol. 31: 297-301.

Gibson, M.D., C.R. Young, M.T. Omran, K. Palma, J.F. Edwards, and J.A. Rawlings. 1994. Lyme disease in an experimental cat model. In Lyme Borreliosis, Axford, J.S. and D.H.E. Rees, Ed., Plenum Press, New York.

Reddy, S., M.D. Gibson, J. Rawlings, G. Stoica, and C.R. Young. 1994. Lyme disease in an experimental mouse model. In Lyme Borreliosis, Axford, J.S. and D.H.E. Rees, Ed., Plenum Press, New York.

Rawlings, J.A. and K.A. Clark. 1994. Murine typhus. In Handbook of Zoonoses: Bacterial, Rickettsial-Chlamydial-Mycotic, 2nd edition. CRC Press, Inc. Boca Raton, FL.

Masters, E., P. Lynxwiler and J. Rawlings. 1994. Spirochetemia after continuous high-dose oral amoxicillin therapy. Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice. 3:207-208.

Rawlings, J.A. 1995. An overview of tick-borne relapsing fever with emphasis on outbreaks in Texas. Texas Medicine. 91:56-59.

Hjelle, B., D. Goade, N. Torrez-Martinez, M. Lang-Williams, J. Kim, R.L. Harris, J.A. and Rawlings. 1996. Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, renal insufficiency and myositis associated with infection by Bayou hantavirus. Clin. Infect. Dis. 23:495-500.

Rawlings, J.A. 1996. Human ehrlichiosis in Texas. Journal of Spirochetal and Tick-borne Diseases. 3:94-97.

Rawlings, J.A. 1996. Surveillance of tick-borne disease really is important. Journal of Spirochetal and Tick-borne Diseases. 3:140-141.

Rawlings, J.A., J. Pape, W. Bigler, J. Berschling, J.F. Greenblatt, J. Bestudik, G. Pezzino, J. Murphy, L.A. Shireley, C.R. Nichols, S.R. Jenkins, M.Goldoft, and J.J. Kazmierczak. 1996. Tick-borne disease surveillance in selected states. Journal of Spirochetal and Tick-borne Diseases. 3:165-166.

Baker, R.J., B. Albin, R.D. Bradley, J.J. Bull, J. Burns, K.A. Clark, G. Edson, R.E. Estrada, E. Farley, C.B. Fedler, B.M. Gharaibeh, R.L. Hammer, C. Jones, R. Monk, J.T. Montford, G. Moore, N.C. Parker, J. Rawlings, A. Sansom, D.J. Schmidley, R.W. Sims, H. Wichman, and F.D. Yancey1996. Natural science database: resource management and public health. Organization of Fish and Wildlife Managers: Proceedings of the 4th Annual Conference, July 1996.

Rawlings, J.S., N. Torrez-Martinez, S.U. Neill, G.M. Moore, B.N. Hicks, S. Pichuantes, A. Nguyen, M. Bharadwaj, and B. Hjelle. 1997. Cocirculation of multiple hantaviruses in Texas, with characterization of the S genome of a previously-undescribed virus of cotton rats (Sigmodon hispidus). Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 55:672-679.

Rawlings, J.A., K.A. Hendricks, C.R. Burgess, R.M. Campman, G.G. Clark, L.J. Tabony, and M.A. Patterson. 1998. Dengue surveillance In Texas, 1995. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 59:95-99.

Billings, A.N., J.A. Rawlings, and D.H. Walker. 1998. Tick-borne diseases in Texas: a 10-year retrospective examination of cases. Texas Medicine. 94:66-76.

Frandson, J.M., J.A. Rawlings, C.R. Burgess, and K.A. Hendricks. 2000. Cat Scratch Disease in Texas. Infections in Medicine. 17:690-694.

Reiter P., S. Lathrop, M. Bunning, B. Biggerstaff, D. Singer, T. Tiwari, L. Baber, M. Amador, J. Thirion, J. Hayes, C. Seca, J. Mendez, B. Ramirez, J. Robinson, J. Rawlings, V. Vorndam, S. Waterman, D. Gubler, G. Clark, and E. Hayes. 2003. Texas Lifestyle Limits Transmission of Dengue Virus. Emerg Infect Dis [serial online].

Weinberg M., S. Waterman, C.A. Lucas, V.C. Falcon, P.K. Morales, L.A. Lopez, C. Peter, A. Escobar Gutiérrez, E. Ramirez Gonzalez, A. Flisser, R. Bryan, E. Navarro Valle, A. Rodriguez, G. Alvarez Hernandez, C. Rosales, J. Arias Ortiz, M. Landen, H. Vilchis, J.A. Rawlings, F. Lopez Leal, L. Ortega, E. Flagg, R. Tapia Conyer, and M. Cetron for the Border Infectious Disease Surveillance Project Working Group. 2003. The U.S.-Mexico Border Infectious Disease Surveillance Project: Establishing binational border surveillance. Emerg Infect Dis [serial online].

Schwan, T.G., S.J. Raffel, M.E. Schrumph, P. F. Policastro, J.A. Rawlings, R.S. Lane. E.B. Breitschwerdt, and S.F. Porcella. 2005. Phylogenetic Analysis of the Spirochetes Borrelia parkeri and Borrelia turicatae and the Potential for Tick-borne Relapsing Fever in Florida. J. Clin. Microbiol. 43:3851-3859.
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