Biological Agent


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Biological Agent

A living thing such as a fungus or virus that is used in biological ammunition. A biological agent is used in biowarfare and bioterrorism. Well known examples include anthrax and bubonic plague.
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1: Biological Warfare (BW): It is the military use of biological agents where targets of agents are predominately soldiers governments or resources that might hinder a nation's ability to attack and/or defend it.
The purpose of this article is to increase school counselors' bioterrorism preparedness by providing information as follows: (a) a description of bioterrorism and biological agents, (b) the psychological impact of bioterrorism, (c) school counselors' role in a school-related incident, (d) disaster mental health principles and procedures, and (e) implications for school counselors in the context of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model.
Numerous categories of labs work with biological agents and may thus need specialized containment facilities.
Most notably, he said, "I remain concerned about Cuba's potential to develop and produce biological agents, given its biotechnology infrastructure"
The consistent premise throughout this work is that no one in the Department of Defense (with the exception of the Army's Chemical Corps) was even remotely prepared for an encounter with chemical or biological agents as it readied for war with Iraq.
A review of past incidents suggests limited interest on the part of terrorist groups in biological agents.
Among the technologies at the forefront of biological agent detection, and those that the DOD has targeted for further development are mass spectrometry, biodetectors, and biochips.
Other sections of the guide address challenges to biological agent detection, detection system components, detection technologies, and preparation for a biological incident.
Mal Maginnis, President, Global Military and Emergency Responders for Smiths Detection, said: "SmartBio Sensor represents an advancement for real-time biological agent detection that can save lives not just by alerting the troops to the presence of a potentially lethal biological agent, but also by rapidly categorizing the threat type.
Preventing disease after exposure to a biological agent is partially a function of the immunity of the exposed individual.
The two organizations seek develop nanotechnology-based systems for chemical and biological agent detection, identification, and neutralization.
They may be thought to be the result of covert biological attack by another nation, criminal or terrorist attack, covert attack by a nation on a subnational group within its borders, or escape of a biological agent from a facility developing prohibited weapons.

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