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.
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 baddies are unleashing a man-made disease called GUILT on the world, and it's up ' to you to stop them.
Like mad cow disease it is a man-made disease, I remember back in the 1950s seeing a photo in a newspaper of a farmer standing by, while a vet infected one of his cattle with a beef enhancing drug.
But he said Mindanao, the 'Land of Promise' where his family had migrated from the Visayas, 'is threatened by climate change caused by man-made diseases like extractive industries,' referring to some mining operations that wreck the environment.