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Revista Cubana de Salud Pública

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PELAEZ SANCHEZ, Otto  y  MAS BERMEJO, Pedro. Brotes [outbreaks], epidemias [epidemics], eventos [events], and other Epidemiological Terms of Daily Usage. Rev Cubana Salud Pública [online]. 2020, vol.46, n.2, e2358.  Epub 01-Jun-2020. ISSN 0864-3466.

The common practice of Cuban public health includes many factors related to the operation of surveillance and control of potentially epidemic diseases. Although this practice is part of the daily work of family physicians and nurses, they are not the only professionals involved in it. This is a multidisciplinary work carried out with the involvement of epidemiologists, hygienists, managers, political and administrative decision-makers, and, in general, with the participation of all health professionals. Therefore, this article is aimed at describing some epidemiological terms of daily usage in public health. This focus responds to the special need to update concepts related to epidemiological surveillance and control, which, due to their synonymy, are being used, inaccurately, by official institutions and technical practitioners, as well as by international organizations.

Palabras clave : brotes [outbreaks]; epidemias [epidemics]; eventos [events]; epidemiology.

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