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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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.
Those trained get valuable insight into identifying and tackling bioterrorism, and will be able to guide others," Colonel Al Khayal said.
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.
There are areas we need to improve upon and I think everybody is aware of those issues,'' said Los Angeles Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security Maurice Suh, who has been working with the county on bioterrorism preparations.
The role of the clinical laboratory in bioterrorism has received no attention, yet the laboratory is a pivotal point in the preparedness strategy.
Since 2001, NLTN's training has progressed from awareness-building didactic seminars to "wet" workshops that teach the protocols for handling suspected bioterrorism agents, using organisms not on the Select Agent list.
Bioterrorism is terrorism that uses biological weapons, which are organisms (bacteria or viruses) or toxins that can kill or injure people, livestock, or crops.
It begins with the stance of the United States following 11 September and continues with the history of agroterrorism and how our Nation can and will respond to bioterrorism.
One of several laws passed in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks, its stated aim was "To improve the ability of the United States to prevent, prepare for, and respond to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies.
A small and diverse group of food industry executives convened at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) telecasts last spring to learn about proposed regulations for the Bioterrorism Act.
In April, the National Food Processors Association submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration on the agency's proposed regulations regarding prior notice of food imports and food facility registration, which implement the Bioterrorism Act of 2002.

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