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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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Aggressively working to mitigate the consequences of a bioterrorist act may deter the act in the first place.
potential medical expenditures averted)*(probability of bioterrorist incident).
Due to this likelihood of mass panic and sociogenic illness, school counselors must respond immediately to a bioterrorist incident in their own school.
There are many challenges and difficulties inherent in moving and preparing large systems and bureaucracies to the level of preparedness that would enable them to respond to or prevent a large-scale bioterrorist or terrorist attack," said HSPH faculty member Leonard Marcus, co-director of NPLA.
These dollars are appropriated to improve the public health infrastructure to ensure the capacity to respond to bioterrorist events for all hazards.
President George Bush will make the smallpox vaccine available to all Americans on a voluntary basis to guard against a bioterrorist attack.
The group is supplying the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with two vaccines which will be used in case of bioterrorist attack.
Because primary care physicians are among the sentinel responders to bioterrorist attacks, we sought to determine family physicians' beliefs about their preparedness for such an attack.
The truth about Stevens's case soon emerged--four more people were killed by anthrax-laced letters sent by a bioterrorist still at large--and with it the embarrassing fact that the Bush administration had essentially botched the job of communicating with the American people.
But a potential bioterrorist attack blurs the lines of authority and would require government agencies--in particular, the Department of Health and Human Services--pharmaceutical companies and health-care businesses to play a new national security role.
A new $260,000 annual federal Homeland Security grant, while not huge, nonetheless will help the county beef up its response to potential bioterrorist episodes, Dr.