Ricin Topic Guide
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.
Chemical Warfare Injury from chemical weapon agents, known as CWAs, may result from industrial accidents, military stockpiling, war, or a terrorist attack. Industrial accidents are a significant potential source of exposure to ...