Biothreats

Biological agents are organisms or toxins that can kill or incapacitate people, livestock and crops. A biological attack is the deliberate release of germs or other biological substances that can make you sick.

  • Biothreats, or biologic threats, can arise from the misuse of bacteria, viruses or toxins. Examples include nerve gases such as sarin, and anthrax spores.
  • Biological agents can be intentionally dispersed by spraying them into the air, by infecting animals that carry the disease to humans, or by contaminating food and water.

[source: http://www.ready.gov/biological-threats]  

An appropriate response depends upon rapid identification of the agent and ready availability of an antidote or vaccine that can neutralize the biothreat.