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GPs on poison terror alert

The NHS has been put on alert after police found traces of ricin poison at a London flat last week, raising concerns of a biological terrorist attack.

The Department of Health warned GPs to be on the lookout for the early effects of

ricin poisoning, such as fever, gastrointestinal upset and coughing.

No antidote is known and treatment can only be supportive.

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