As used in this chapter:

(1)  “Bioterrorism” means:

Terms Used In Utah Code 26-23b-102

  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Department: means the Department of Health created in Section 26-1-4. See Utah Code 17-27a-509
(a)  the intentional use of any microorganism, virus, infectious substance, or biological product to cause death, disease, or other biological malfunction in a human, an animal, a plant, or another living organism in order to influence, intimidate, or coerce the conduct of government or a civilian population; and

(b)  includes anthrax, botulism, small pox, plague, tularemia, and viral hemorrhagic fevers.

(2)  “Department” means the Department of Health created in Section 26-1-4 and a local health department as defined in Section 26A-1-102.

(3)  “Diagnostic information” means a clinical facility’s record of individuals who present for treatment, including the reason for the visit, chief complaint, presenting diagnosis, final diagnosis, and any pertinent lab results.

(4)  “Epidemic or pandemic disease”:

(a)  means the occurrence in a community or region of cases of an illness clearly in excess of normal expectancy; and

(b)  includes diseases designated by the Department of Health which have the potential to cause serious illness or death.

(5)  “Health care provider” shall have the meaning provided for in Section 78B-3-403.

(6)  “Public health emergency” means an occurrence or imminent credible threat of an illness or health condition, caused by bioterrorism, epidemic or pandemic disease, or novel and highly fatal infectious agent or biological toxin, that poses a substantial risk of a significant number of human fatalities or incidents of permanent or long-term disability. Such illness or health condition includes an illness or health condition resulting from a natural disaster.

(7)  “Reportable emergency illness and health condition” includes the diseases, conditions, or syndromes designated by the Utah Department of Health.

Amended by Chapter 3, 2008 General Session