Bioterrorism and Your Family
Bioterrorism involves the use of biological agents (bacteria, viruses) or toxins to kill or make ill people, livestock, or crops. Most biological agents are difficult to grow and maintain. Many break down quickly when exposed to sunlight and other environmental factors, while others, such as anthrax spores, are very long lived. Biological agents can be dispersed by spraying them into the air, by infecting animals that carry the disease to humans, and by contaminating food and water. Person-to-person spread may also be possible.