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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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School counselors who understand the psychological impact of bioterrorism and acquire appropriate intervention skills will be able to facilitate students' and staff's safety and survival skills during a bioterrorist incident.
Any bioterrorist attack creates tension between public-health and law-enforcement concerns.
We're sort of the canary in the mine when it comes to monitoring the baseline of illness in the community - and unfortunately, we haven't been particularly well-funded canaries for the past couple of decades, and that has left us vulnerable to things like bioterrorist attacks.
This exercise will state and analyze the verbal reactions to a cataclysmic bioterrorist situation.
The lesson: Companies should never proclaim their products are immune from a bioterrorist attack.
As part of its preparation for bioterrorist attacks, they said they have ordered the reinforcement of security and a thorough management of agents that may be used in bioterrorist attacks such as chemicals, bacteria and nuclear fuel material in universities and research laboratories nationwide.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is planning to compile international guidelines on smallpox and anthrax vaccines in response to the recent bioterrorist incidents involving anthrax in the United States, the WHO said Monday.
Fears are growing of a co-ordinated bioterrorist attack on America and suspicions increased that Osama bin Laden's al Qaida network was behind it.
EUROPE is poorly prepared for a lowkey bioterrorist attack that may creep up slowly on an unsuspecting population, a public health expert warned.
Industry looks to a more solid domestic supply base and to defend itself against bioterrorist sabotage
Intelligence experts and government officials, including President Clinton, have said it is a question of "when" not "if" a bioterrorist attack occurs.