Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia
Print version ISSN 1806-3713
ERICSON, Bagatin; ANTAO, Vinícius Cavalcanti dos Santos and PINHEIRO, Germania Araujo. Epidemiological surveillance and occupational respiratory diseases. J. bras. pneumol. [online]. 2006, vol.32, suppl.2, pp. S1-S4. ISSN 1806-3713. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1806-37132006000800002.
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.
Keywords : Epidemiologic surveillance; Occupational diseases; Respiratory tract diseases; Asthma; Silicosis; Disease notification; Environmental exposure.