Bioterrorism is the use of biological agents, such as viruses, bacteria, and other germs, to intentionally cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants.
These agents may be naturally occurring or may be genetically modified in a laboratory to increase their virulence (ability to cause disease).
Bioterrorism is considered a serious threat to public health and national security. It can be difficult to detect and prevent, and the consequences of a bioterrorist attack can be severe, with the potential to cause widespread illness and death. Some examples of biological agents that have been used or could potentially be used in a bioterrorist attack include smallpox, anthrax, plague, and botulism.
To address the threat of bioterrorism, governments and public health agencies have developed strategies and protocols for responding to and mitigating the impact of a bioterrorist attack. These may include measures such as stockpiling vaccines and other medical supplies, establishing guidelines for identifying and treating infected individuals, and promoting public awareness and preparedness.
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