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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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The plethora of indigenous highly pathogenic and virulent agents naturally occurring in India and the large Indian industrial base - combined with weak controls - also make India as much a source of bio-terrorism material as a target," diplomats warned.
While it's impossible to eliminate the risks of bio-terrorism and other terrorist events entirely, business leaders can take actions that will provide some additional assurance to their employees and their families.
So far, bio-terrorism projects have displaced other priorities at the NIH.
The bill has attracted much criticism from food industry representatives, however, who say that it is too heavy handed in forcing the issues of food safety and bio-terrorism together.
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The Los Angeles County Task Force on Health Services Preparedness for Bio-terrorism is to report back in one week on the county's preparedness.
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Corgenix Medical Corporation (BULLETIN BOARD: CONX) today announced establishment of a program to develop a rapid detection system for viral hemorrhagic fevers, a disease category recognized and classified for its risk as potential agents of bio-terrorism.
The LRN, established by the CDC in 1999, provides nationwide screening and reference testing to respond to a bio-terrorism event.
The thing we are most concerned about is terrorism and particularly, bio-terrorism,'' said Jim Lott, executive vice president of the Healthcare Association of Southern California, which represents hospitals countywide.