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Response to agroterrorism (DIEEEO50-2017)

Since the beginning of the biological warfare cattle and crops have been considered as a strategic objective. With the evolution of the threat to terrorist employment, agroterrorism emerged as a concept derived from bioterrorism, with vulnerable states declaring themselves in front of it. Agroterrorism poses fewer challenges in order to reach the operational capacity of dissemination, and its use may remain unnoticed until the effects are devastating. Similarly, agroterrorism poses lower ethical dilemmas than bioterrorism as the consequences are basically economic, considering that the single threat of employment will have direct effects on society as a whole. Of all the biological agents that affect animals and plants, it may be the Foot and Mouth virus that can be considered the agro-terrorist agent par excellence because of its characteristics and effects.

The existence of countries bordering on the European Union where the virus is active makes the programs of collaboration, surveillance and control extreme. The existence of disease outbreaks in the North of Africa means that Spain has established control measures to prevent the entry of the virus into our territory.

Author: Alberto Cique Moya


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