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Ricin is a biological toxin that can be made from processing castor beans. Symptoms of ricin poisoning include fever, cough, nausea, low blood pressure, diarrhea, seizures and blood in the urine. As there is no antidote, treatment focuses on minimizing the effects of poisoning.

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