bioterrorism

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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.
But the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system by the AUM Shinrikyo cult has turned bio-terrorism into a real threat in Japan.
A worry with bio-terrorism is that once you start the spread of a disease it is indiscriminate - it's not like firing a rifle where you fire a bullet and you can see where it goes.
Local agency coordination is very important in a bio-terrorism response, and with that, we are the better for it, should anything happen in the future," he said.
This is just one example of how America and Russia can work together to safeguard the health of people worldwide, especially those who are most vulnerable to international bio-terrorism.
THE US Government is to buy enough smallpox vaccine to treat the country's entire population as fears grow of new bio-terrorism attacks.
AS the word bacteria is the plural of bacterium, the article about bio-terrorism should have read: Salmonella bacteria are one of the commonest causes of food poisoning (Page 7, October 26).
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.
Approved laboratories across the nation contribute test results to the national system, allowing for the tracking of animal disease and providing critical laboratory data which alerts the national system to animal disease outbreaks and other adverse animal health situations, including bio-terrorism events.