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UK doctors warned after ricin poison found in police raid

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 18 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:126
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Doctors in the United Kingdom have been alerted to the symptoms of ricin poisoning after a small amount was found last week when police raided a flat in north London.

    The Department of Health alerted the health service on the symptoms of ricin poisoning after police found castor oil beans, from which ricin is extracted, and equipment for crushing the beans at the raided flat. Scientists at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratories at Porton Down in Wiltshire identified a small quantity of material found in the flat as ricin.

    In a statement sent immediately …

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