The Need For Continued Development Of Ricin Countermeasures
ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH INST OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES FORT DETRICK MD
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Ricin toxin, an extremely potent and heat-stable toxin produced from the bean of the ubiquitous Ricinus communis castor bean plant, has been categorized by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC as a category B biothreat agent that is moderately easy to disseminate. Ricin has the potential to be used as an agent of biological warfare and bioterrorism. Therefore,there is a critical need for continued development of ricin countermeasures. A safe and effective prophylactic vaccine against ricin that was FDA approved for at risk individuals would be an important first step in assuring the availability of medical countermeasures against ricin.
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