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Miguel Angel Cruz

Miguel Angel Cruz
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Susbtances and Disease Registry

PhD, MPH

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Introduction
Miguel A Cruz currently works at the National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Miguel's work and interest are in the area of public health issues (epidemiology, assessments) and risk reduction associated with disasters and emergencies.
Additional affiliations
June 2020 - July 2020
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Position
  • Sr. Operations Officer
September 2018 - June 2020
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Position
  • Consultant
Description
  • Served as a consultant for public health emergency management
October 1999 - present
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Position
  • Senior Public Health Emergency Operations Officer
Education
August 2008 - December 2014
Florida International University
Field of study
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
August 1994 - May 1997
Florida International University
Field of study
  • Epidemiology
July 1987 - May 1990
Mount Saint Mary College
Field of study
  • Business Management

Publications

Publications (16)
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On September 6 and 20, 2017, Hurricanes Irma and Maria made landfall as major hurricanes in the US Caribbean Territories of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico with devastating effects. As part of the initial response, a public health team (PHT) was initially deployed as part of the US Department of Health and Human Services Incident Response Coordi...
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Objective The efficacy is measured for a public health intervention related to community-based planning for population protection measures (PPMs; ie, shelter-in-place and evacuation). Design This is a mixed (qualitative and quantitative) prospective study of intervention efficacy, measured in terms of usability related to effectiveness, efficiency...
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Hurricanes and other natural disasters leave behind multifaceted and complex environmental challenges that may contribute to adverse health outcomes, such as increased potential for exposure to vector-borne disease. Through an incident management system tailored for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Center for Envir...
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On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico as a category 4 storm, resulting in serious widespread impact across the island, including communication and power outages, water systems impairment, and damage to life-saving infrastructure. In collaboration with the Puerto Rico Department of Health, the Public Health Branch (PHB)...
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Disaster shelter assessments are environmental health assessments conducted during disaster situations to evaluate the living environment of shelters for hygiene, sanitation, and safety conditions. We conducted a secondary data analysis of shelter assessment records available (n = 108) on ice storms, floods, and tornado events from 1 state jurisdic...
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Objective: Environmental health assessments of disaster shelters are critical for monitoring the living conditions of the occupants. However, knowledge and levels of utilization of these assessments have never been estimated in the United States or its territories. We aimed to conduct a cross-sectional survey to ascertain knowledge and Utilization...
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Hosting an international outbreak response team can pose a challenge to jurisdictions not familiar with incident management frameworks. Basic principles of team forming, organizing, and executing mission critical activities require simple and flexible communication that can be easily understood by the host country's public health leadership and int...
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Disaster epidemiology (i.e., applied epidemiology in disaster settings) presents a source of reliable and actionable information for decision-makers and stakeholders in the disaster management cycle. However, epidemiological methods have yet to be routinely integrated into disaster response and fully communicated to response leaders. We present a f...
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Before the 1970s, the United States sometimes disposed of at sea excess, obsolete, or unserviceable munitions, including chemical munitions (1). Chemical munitions known to have been disposed of at sea included munitions filled with sulfur mustard, a vesicant (i.e., an agent that causes chemical burns or blisters of the skin and mucous membranes) (...
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The Ministry of Health of Panama (MINSA) received several reports of ill persons who had clinical presentations of acute renal insufficiency or failure during September and October 2006. On 01 October 2006, the MINSA formally asked the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assist with...
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On 11 September 2001, terrorists hijacked two passenger planes and crashed them into the two towers of the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City. These synchronized attacks were the largest act of terrorism ever committed on US soil. The impacts, fires, and subsequent collapse of the towers killed and injured thousands of people. Within minutes...
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An outbreak of typhoid fever in Florida involving at least 16 persons during the winter of 1998-99 was investigated using case-control, environmental, and laboratory methods. The genomic profiles of Salmonella serovar Typhi (Salmonella Typhi) isolates from the 15 confirmed case subjects were identical. Consumption of fruit shakes made with frozen m...
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This study sought to determine the usefulness of restaurant inspections in predicting food-borne outbreaks in Miami-Dade County, Fla. Inspection reports of restaurants with outbreaks in 1995 (cases; n = 51) were compared with those of randomly selected restaurants that had no reported outbreaks (controls; n = 76). Cases and controls did not differ...
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Since 1992, Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B strains have caused several community- and school-based outbreaks in the United States. Response to such outbreaks is difficult because no serogroup B vaccine is licensed currently for use in the United States, and mass chemoprophylaxis has been evaluated only in restricted settings. This report descri...
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During July and August 1998, the state departments of health in Florida and Tennessee each reported an outbreak of influenza. The Florida outbreak occurred in July in two residential homes for children; the Tennessee outbreak occurred in August among members of a family that vacationed together. This report summarizes the investigation of these out...

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Project
To develop community-based plans for protecting vulnerable populations from hurricanes BEFORE they strike in the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico