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bioterrorism

 
the use, or threat of use, of biological agents to negatively affect the health of a population; the objective is to instill fear and disrupt the normal functioning of a society or culture.

bioterrorism

the calculated use, or threatened use, of biological agents against civilian populations in order to attain political or ideological goals by intimidation or coercion.
A hypothetical scenario in which a hostile individual, organization or nation uses or threatens to use of biologic weapons as a vehicle for extortion or to advance a terrorist agenda

bioterrorism

Global village A hypothetical scenario in which a hostile individual, organization or nation threatens the use of biologic weapons as a vehicle for extortion. See Anthrax, Ecoterrorism, Smallpox.

bi·o·ter·ror·ism

(bī'ō-ter'ŏr-izm)
1. The use of living organisms (e.g., bacteria, viruses, or fungi) or their products (e.g., toxins) in terrorist activities.
2. A common but incorrect designation for the use of chemical or radiologic agents in terrorism.

bioterrorism

see BIOLOGICAL WARFARE.

Bioterrorism

The intentional use of disease-causing microbes or other biologic agents to intimidate or terrorize a civilian population for political or military reasons. Type A influenza virus could be used as an agent of bioterrorism.
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For instance, Graber, who is on the editorial board of a journal covering emergency medicine, was aided by the software when he was writing a textbook chapter on so-called B-list bioterror agents, which are considered by the U.
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Each sent a chill up the national spine, pointing out the grave necessity for assiduity in national bioterror preparedness.
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This funding from NIAID will enable us to evaluate the potential of our lead drugs for protecting civilian populations from the threat of bioterror attack, without distracting us from our core focus on the development of effective immunotherapeutics for cancer and chronic infectious diseases," commented Robert L.
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When a bioterror attack occurs, such as the Anthrax attack in late 2001, it is important to quickly identify the agent, find the source of the agent, and apprehend the perpetrators, before more harm can be done.
Her GAO report, accompanied by a maze-like organizational chart, noted that bioterror responsibilities, including programs to assist local and state health departments, are spread among more than 20 federal agencies.
Therapeutics able to target multiple bioterror threats have become a focal point of the U.
In 2008, a blue-ribbon committee called the Graham-Talent Commission concluded that bioterror posed an enormous unmet threat.
However, the former Soviet Union had developed bioterror weapons based on Marburg and other viruses.
Decontaminating children who are exposed to hazardous chemicals during a bioterror attack or other disaster requires special skills.

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