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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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Although an isolated case of tularemia would not be particularly noteworthy, a substantial cluster of inhalational or pharyngeal tularemia might represent the consequences of a bioterror attack and warrant the notification of appropriate authorities.
Although biotechnology has the promise to advance our well being (and to make some people a great deal of money), the concern about bioterror is real, and I think it is likely that more controls will be imposed if the biology community does not take some action itself.
If a bioterror epidemic does occur-an outbreak of "weaponized" smallpox infections is everyone's worst-case scenario-Grayson says the only way enough smallpox vaccine will be produced is if the government enlists the help of industry.
Nauschuetz points out, international incidents show an alarming availability of possible bioterror agents: anthrax, ricin, sarin gas, botulinum toxin, Yersinia pestis, Vibrio cholerae, Coxiella burnetii, Ebola virus, Francisella tularensis, and Brucella spp.
Medical staff had personal digital assistant devices containing bioterror and chemical/nuclear identification manuals that had been compiled by the U.
These subtleties of a simple epidemic model are even less reliable when using the blood screening to detect a bioterror attack with agents that cause diseases of very short incubation period.
hospitals surveyed by the GAO on bioterror preparedness say they have a written emergency response plan that addresses terrorism, fewer than half have conducted drills or exercises simulating a bioterror incident.
To assess whether screening blood donors could provide early warning of a bioterror attack, we combined stochastic models of blood donation and the workings of blood tests with an epidemic model to derive the probability distribution of the time to detect an attack under assumptions favorable to blood donor screening.
PHARS (public-health alert and response system) is bioterror alert software that, like a similar tool called LEADERS (see page 40), integrates data analysis and visualization technology.

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