biological agent


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biological agent

A euphemism for a pathogenic microorganism or virus, or other toxic biological material, which has the potential of being used as a weapon of mass destruction.

biological agent

Military medicine A euphemism for a pathogenic microorganism or virus, or other toxic biological material, intended for use as a weapon of mass destruction.
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2: Bioterrorism (BT): It is the threat or use of biological agents that like most forms of terrorism is intended to make political religious or personal statements to governments and populations through attacks primarily aimed at civilians or resources that affect the civilian economy.
The CDC also has identified an "A" list of biological agents of highest concern, which includes (a) variola major (smallpox), (b) Bacillus anthracis (anthrax), (c) Yersinia pestis (plague), (d) Francisella tularensis (tularemia), (e) botulinum toxin (botulism), and (f) filoviruses and arenaviruses (viral hemorrhagic fevers).
Historically, the predominant risk posed by work with biological agents has been to the laboratory worker in research, public health, or healthcare.
Additionally, Mauroni's use of the term "chemical-biological" can lead one who is uneducated in the specific characteristics of chemical and biological agents to believe that there is no readily discernable difference between the two types of WMD agents.
Moreover, terrorist groups could employ biological agents to incapacitate, rather than kill.
Although mass spectrometry is not a new detection technique, it was used in the Gulf War, it is still a key technology for the development of biological agent detection.
In addition, "there has been limited development in the area of biological agent detection [hand-held devices] in the commercial market," according to the report.
population against a specific biological agent would involve large-scale production and could result in cheaper unit prices.
propaganda use of biological agents in Korea and Manchuria [8,9]) and would reduce the credibility of fraudulent investigations controlled by the accuser.
Response to a threat that a population will be exposed to a biological agent requires a few basic preparations.

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