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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
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
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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.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

bioterrorism

see BIOLOGICAL WARFARE.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

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.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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This will serve as both a motivating influence and a moderating factor that will feature prominently into the bioterror question.
such as subway bombing, bioterror attack on our farmland produce supplies and breaching of local flood walls."
The vaccine will be placed in the Strategic National Stockpile and will be available for use in the event of a bioterror anthrax incident.
However, the former Soviet Union had developed bioterror weapons based on Marburg and other viruses.
Scientists have completed the first human clinical trial of a recombinant vaccine for the deadly toxin ricin--a potential bioterror threat--and the results indicate it is safe and effective in eliciting ricin-neutralizing antibodies, report researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas.
Granted, it is a small detail, but a very noticeable one, considering that smallpox is an important bioterror threat.
"Although anthrax proved to be a deadly bioterror agent, a smallpox attack could be devastating," warns Sampey, noting that the government has characterized smallpox as presenting the greatest potential threat to public health.
During November and December, through several different mechanisms, we brought to fight efforts by the White House and leaders in Congress to hide sweeping immunity protections in bioterror and pandemic flu bills.
The 2006 defense appropriations law includes liability protections for manufacturers of pandemic countermeasures but not the extensive patent incentives that had been proposed in some bills on bioterror products.
To create a better net to catch emerging threats, the WHO's Office for National Epidemic Preparedness and Response, headquartered in Lyon, France, is coordinating an effort to prepare medical laboratories for specific, likely bioterror agents.
American researchers who injected the clams with enough botulism toxin to kill 1,000 people found the shellfish neutralised the enzyme, which is considered a potential bioterror agent.
There, seven analysts sift the most relevant of the fresh articles in a ceaseless hunt for hints of a newly emerging disease epidemic or the subtle signs of a spreading bioterror attack.

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