Ricin: A Possible, Noninfectious Biological Weapon

  • Maor Maman
  • Yoav Yehezkelli
Part of the Emerging Infectious Diseases of the 21st Century book series (EIDC)

9. Conclusion

Ricin is a potent and easy to extract plant toxin. Its characteristics make it a potentially dangerous biological weapon. We understand now, better than ever, the pathogenesis of ricin poisoning. But treatment of ricin poisoning is still mainly supportive. More research is needed to develop specific and effective modalities of treatment.

The threat of bioterrorism is no longer as remote as it was in the past. The medical community should be familiar with the clinical presentation and treatment of ricin poisoning. Knowledge will allow better recognition and response to an attack.


Castor Bean Personal Protective Equipment Shiga Toxin Dermal Exposure Biological Weapon 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maor Maman
    • 1
  • Yoav Yehezkelli
    • 1
  1. 1.Israel Defense Forces Medical Corps HeadquartersIsrael

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