Rapporteur- Farbod Dehghani: with more complex security environment, new threats against the lives of individuals formed. One of the most important of these threats, is the use of biological agents such as viruses, bacteria and ... naturally or genetically manipulated, to kill or sicken the targets is so-called bioterrorism.
As the evidence shows, the enemy has tried this method cowardly, to hit our country. This requires greater vigilance in charge of security.
However we should not forget the risk of serious bioterrorism and must be always aware.
Deputy Health Minister had said earlier it clearly: we cannot ignore the country's biological threats, bioterrorism; there is a big hole in the country's entry, smuggled goods. Smuggling goods which are imported to the country costs about billions of dollars, which is 15 to 20 percent of health-related goods.
Usage of biological weapons during history
Chemical and biological warfare isn't new. Even in ancient times, war wasn't all swords and longbows. Some examples:
• 1000 BC. Arsenic smoke used by the Chinese.
• 600 BC. During a siege of the city, Solon of Athens poisoned the drinking water of Kirrha.
• 184 BC: In a sea battle, Hannibal of Carthage hurled clay pots full of vipers onto the decks of enemy ships.
• Dating back to at least the 1100s, there are many examples of hurling the bodies of plague or smallpox victims over city walls.
• 1400s: Leonardo da Vinci proposed an arsenic-based anti-ship weapon.
• 1495: The Spanish offered wine spiked with the blood of leprosy patients to the French near Naples.
1650: Polish artillery general Siemenowics fired spheres filled with the saliva of rabid dogs at his enemies.