Food Poisoning Topic Guide
Food Poisoning: Food poisoning is caused by viruses, bacteria, toxins, parasites, or chemicals that have contaminated food or drinking water. Symptoms of food poisoning include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, fever, abdominal cramping, dehydration, rectal bleeding, and bloating. Food poisoning usually can be cared for at home. In some instances (severe dehydration) a person may be hospitalized for treatment.
Ricin Ricin is a potent toxin that can be used as an agent of biological warfare or as a weapon of mass destruction. Ricin is a protein derived from the beans of the castor plant. Symptoms of ricin poisoning depend on whether it has been inhaled, ingested from contaminated food or drink, or by injection. A person exposed to ricin should seek medical care immediately.
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