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Ricin

Next Steps

Follow-up

Depending on the severity of the symptoms, you may be admitted to the hospital for monitoring.

Prevention

The only effective prevention against the effects of an attack with ricin is avoidance; unfortunately, no antidote or vaccine exists. Currently, studies are ongoing to find possible vaccines and ricin inhibitors. Protective masks have been shown to be effective in preventing toxicity during an aerosol attack.

Outlook

Depending on the dose and the means of exposure, death can occur within 36-72 hours following the time of exposure. If death has not occurred within 3-5 days, recovery is likely.

For More Information

For more information and help if you or someone in your vicinity is exposed, contact the Regional Poison Control Center by calling (800) 222-1222.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on May 06, 2014
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