Accession Number:

ADA558833

Title:

The Need For Continued Development Of Ricin Countermeasures

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH INST OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES FORT DETRICK MD

Report Date:

2012-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE