Bioterrorism is a form of terrorism that involves biologic agents such as bacteria, viruses, or toxins. Some examples of illnesses that can be used by bioterrorists include anthrax, the plague, smallpox, SARS, ricin, and more. If a bioterrorism attack occurs, doctors try to determine a disease pattern and symptoms in order to treat the population effectively. Some protective measure such as masks and other protective gear, vaccinations, and medications may be recommended. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how bioterrorism works, how to treat diseases spread through bioterrorism, and much more.
Information on ricin, a potent toxin derived from the beans of the castor plant.
Questions About Biological and Chemical Agents
Answers to questions about biological and chemical weapons.
Biological Warfare Treatment
Biological weapons include any organism (such as bacteria, viruses, or fungi) or toxin found in nature that can be used to kill or injure people. (Toxins are poisonous compounds produced ...
Biological and Chemical Weapons
WebMD provides a list and explanation of biological and chemical agents, including their danger level and how they're used.
Biological and Chemical Terror History
Timeline of events in biological and chemical terror history
Public Health Experts Plan for Bioterrorism
Public Health Experts Plan for the Unthinkable Act of Bioterrorism
Advice from the Federal Government on Preparing for Terrorist Attacks
Federal government presents a disaster preparedness plan in case of terrorist attack.