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.

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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Healthcare providers, who in the past showed little or no interest in bioterrorism lectures, are now showing up in droves.
Topics include entries on bioterrorism agents, detection, clinical presentation of disease, defense efforts, risk assessments, treaties, past incidents of bioterrorism, and pertinent people and organizations engaged in terrorist activities
A bioterrorism attack is the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs (agents) used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants.
But the press office remains in shambles, as I discovered when I called the CDC to get information about bioterrorism.
Some of the letters with anthrax represented an overt bioterrorism attack where the perpetrators announced their intentions and the first responders are often fire, police and emergency medical departments.
The cause of the most recent bioterrorism threat--anthrax--hasn't been determined, and the actual threat to the population is small.
With so much bioterrorism information floating about the country from different sources, the system is expected to ensure the reliability of information, reduce redundant information, and grab the attention of health care providers.
He was speaking to Gulf News on the sidelines of an Interpol training session on preventing bioterrorism, hosted by the ministry.
It is difficult to disagree with Clark's conclusion that at times during the past decade some people, including some who should know better, have hyped the bioterrorism problem.
However, while experts have focused on clinical indications for testing for agents of bioterrorism, laboratory methods for microbial identification, and needs for integrated communication networks (2-4), little attention has been given to how sentinel laboratories can effectively screen clinicians' requests for testing pathogens designated as global health threats.
Interpol launched its own bioterrorism programme following a grant of nearly US$1 million in 2004 from the Alfred P Sloan Foundation.
Los Angeles County's bioterrorism preparedness program has made considerable progress since 2001, but bureaucratic and political obstacles and wasteful spending remain, a national panel of experts said in a report released Monday.

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