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J Bras Pneumol. 2006;32 Suppl 2:S1-4.

[Epidemiological surveillance and occupational respiratory diseases].

[Article in Portuguese]

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Departamento de Medicina Preventiva e Social, Faculdade de Ciência Médicas da Universidade, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, SP, Brasil.


For every communicable disease, the construction of a database is fundamental to prioritizing related measures (educational, prevention and control), as well as to the development of public health policies. Although various countries possess reliable systems of epidemiological surveillance, Brazil still lacks an adequate structure for the collection, processing and dissemination of data. We consider it imperative that the health professionals working in this area make a unified effort, as soon as possible, to compile a database that suitably addresses the epidemiology of occupational respiratory diseases.

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