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What is Bioterrorism

Bioterrorism is a form of terrorism where there is the intentional release of biological agents (bacteria, viruses or other germs).

This is also referred to as germ warfare. In addition to biological agents, terrorists can also utilize traditiona lweapons (guns), chemical agents and nuclear bombs.

While a biological agent may injure or kill people, animals, orplants, the goal for theterrorist is to further their social and political goals by making their civilian targets feel as if their government cannot protect them.

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.