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Bioterrorism: A Global Threat

VK Prashanth, M Kshirsagar Minal, S Dodamani Arun, A Dodamani Girija, C Jadhav Harish, V Deshmukh Chetan

Citation Information : Prashanth V, Kshirsagar Minal M, Dodamani Arun S, Dodamani Girija A, Jadhav Harish C, Deshmukh Chetan V. Bioterrorism: A Global Threat. J Oral Health Comm Dent 2016; 10 (2):52-58.

DOI: 10.5005/johcd-10-2-52

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-05-2016

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2016; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Terror is a Latin word which means to frighten. Terrorism usually refers to killing of innocent people by antisocial groups with the vested interest of their own. Terrorism is practiced by collecting people from different regions, religions, of different age groups, by keeping objectives like social, economic or political. Sometimes terrorists stop or discriminate their activities once they achieve their goal. Bioterrorism is the intentional use of biological agents or their products to cause harm. Sometimes such attacks might be done to create a publicity or media spectacle. It is the unlawful use of force and violence against people. Biological weapon can strike suddenly without any warning and cause hazardous effects for longer duration. The effectiveness of the attack not lies in the act itself but also in the reaction of public and Government. Delivery of the biological agents can be through letters, parcels, toys, food items, books or anything. It is easy for bioterrorist to transfer the agents through these media or environment.


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