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Other Biologic Toxin Bioweapons: Ricin, Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B, and Trichothecene Mycotoxins


Other Biologic Toxin Bioweapons: Ricin, Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B, and Trichothecene Mycotoxins

William B Henghold 2nd. Dermatol Clin.


The ideal biologic warfare agent is lethal, easy, and inexpensive to produce in large quantities, stable in aerosol for/with the ability to be dispersed over wide areas, has no effective treatment or vaccine, and is communicable from person to person. With the exception of the last characteristic, the biologic toxins (ricin, staphylococcal enterotoxin B, T-2 mycotoxin, and botulinum) possess all the properties mentioned. This article will discuss the first three biologic toxins, with an emphasis on particular points of interest to the dermatologist. Botulinum toxin will be covered in another article.

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