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 country can use this innovative zeal to invest in public health initiatives that will respond to the threat of bioterrorism.
He said the threat of bioterrorism in the country or in the world "is quite low but there are groups with growing interests in acquiring and trafficking biological materials via the Internet/technology, these are the things we are preparing for."
Recently, the Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani has decreed a probe into death of Dadman, saying claims of bioterrorism are still premature to confirm.
Agriculture sector is more prone for assault amongst several targets of bioterrorism. Genetic uniformity of crops, easy spreading, indirect mode of attack and artificial pest attack is masked by the up comings of natural processing's, are main reasons for attack in agriculture sector.
Congressional oversight of bioterrorism crosses the jurisdiction of many congressional committees.
"Bioterrorism is a serious threat in general because it could affect the masses.
In his preface, Clark states, "What has been lacking in our approach to the threat of political bioterrorism to date is an assessment of exactly how real it is." This is just not the case.
In particular, examining bioterrorism must take into account the convergence of numerous and complex fields, including forensic and laboratory sciences, public health, law enforcement, and behavioral sciences, to name only a few.
Editorial Note: Laboratory-proficiency testing is an accepted assessment tool, not unique to bioterrorism preparedness, designed to measure performance and improve the diagnostic and biosafety expertise of participating laboratories.
Bioterrorism Preparedness Training, Course I: Facing Bioterrorism Credits: 1.5 ACPE # 016-000-06-002-H04 Course info: http://www.rxschool.com/Course/ info.cfm?course_id=159
"After all, avian flu is a good proxy for other potential pandemics; pandemics are a good proxy for potential bioterrorism; bioterrorism is a good proxy for other forms of terrorism.

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