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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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Her most recent book, Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War, co-written with Stephen Engelberg and William Broad, examines the development of biological weapons in laboratories in the Mideast, the Soviet Union and this country and sounds the alarm that biological terrorism is right around the corner.
For example, in addition to the difficulty of acquiring some of the microorganisms suitable for biological terrorism is the challenge of packaging the agent as a weapon in a way that it will survive the delivery process.
Biological terrorism is a truly despicable subject, raising nightmares of primal fear.
This report summarizes the first human case of glanders in the United States since 1945, and emphasizes the importance of considering occupational exposures among laboratory workers with a febrile illness, the difficulty of characterizing unusual agents, including potential agents of biological terrorism such as glanders using routine laboratory techniques, the appropriate isolation practices for patients who may be infected by these agents, and laboratory safety.
Government medical stockpiles for dealing with chemical or biological terrorism are poorly managed, often lacking vital drugs and adequate security," according to an Associated Press account of a GAO report.
For all the legitimate concern about biological terrorism, biological weapons are still difficult to employ effectively without access to state-developed technology.
(Fremont, CA; 415-677-4455) announced an expansion of its collaboration with the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (Fort Detrick, MA) to develop antibody therapies that could potentially protect the United States military and civilian populations from biological terrorism. Under the expanded agreement, the Institute will use the company's XenoMouse technology to make fully human monoclonal antibodies that will be tested for their ability to provide protection against viral infections attributed to poxviruses.
Proceedings of the Seminar on Responding to the Consequences of Chemical and Biological Terrorism.
Addressing the threat of chemical and biological terrorism, Russia, China and India said, "They supported and emphasised the need for launching multilateral negotiations on an international convention for the suppression of acts of chemical and biological terrorism within the Conference on Disarmament."
This season, Rathod tackles the prospect of biological terrorism.

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