Anthrax spores.
Photo source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bioterrorism Threats

Since September 11, 2001, our country has become more aware of the potential threat of terrorism in our country. Terrorism involves the use or threat of force or violence against people or property. This can include the use of chemical, explosive or radiological methods. Bioterrorism is the deliberate release of germs or other biological substances to cause illness, death, fear, social disruption and economic damage. When these actions are against agricultural commodities, such as livestock or crops, it is called agroterrorism. The result can include economic damage, loss of confidence in the food supply and possible loss of life. These attacks may be extremely difficult to detect initially as signs of illness may not occur for several hours or days.

Bioterrorism Preparedness Resources

Bioterrorism and Your Family
(pdf, 2 pages)
More FamilyResources
Agroterrorism and Your Farm
(pdf, 1 page)
More Farm Resources
Bioterrorism and Your Business
(pdf, 1 page)
More Business Resources

Additional Web Resources

CDC's main website overviewing bioterrorism, potential agents, and how to prepare.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Bioterrorism Agents/Diseases
Website for additional information on all major bioterrorism agents (arranged alphabetically).
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
General Factsheets on Specific Bioterrorism Agents
Website to numerous factsheets on specific bioterrorism agents.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Safety And Health Topics: Bioterrorism
Good general overview of bioterrorism from the perspective of those in the workplace.
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)