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Bioterrorism is a form of terrorism where there is the intentional release of biological agents (bacteria, viruses, or other germs). Terrorism is the defined by the United States government as the "...unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives." In addition to biological agents, terrorists can also utilize chemical agents and nuclear bombs. While a biological agent may injure or kill people, animals, or plants, the goal for the terrorist is to further their social and political goals. Many biological agents are found in nature; however, they can be modified by the terrorist to make them more dangerous. Some of these agents can be transmitted from person to person, and the infection may take hours or days to become apparent.

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Date Of Record Release 2009-06-19 14:23:24
Description Bioterrorism is a form of terrorism where there is the intentional release of biological agents (bacteria, viruses, or other germs). Terrorism is the defined by the United States government as the "...unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives." In addition to biological agents, terrorists can also utilize chemical agents and nuclear bombs. While a biological agent may injure or kill people, animals, or plants, the goal for the terrorist is to further their social and political goals. Many biological agents are found in nature; however, they can be modified by the terrorist to make them more dangerous. Some of these agents can be transmitted from person to person, and the infection may take hours or days to become apparent.
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Keyword Bioterrorism, Biological warfare, Biological weapons, Diseases, Viruses
Date Of Record Creation 2009-06-19 14:13:42
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Date Last Modified 2009-06-19 15:43:18
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2009-06-19 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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