A reflexive, row of (Castor) beans explanation for finding ricin in this hotel: “This is not a terror incident.”
“Man in critical condition after exposure to ricin”
A man who stayed in a
These details are provided, for now:
Deputy Chief Kathy Suey said the man called from the hotel asking for medical help on February 14, saying he was suffering from respiratory distress, and was transported to the hospital. Since he was gone from the extended-stay hotel and not paying his rent, managers began eviction procedures, Suey said at a news conference.
And since neither Bin Laden nor Zawahiri were found in the same hotel room where the stash of ricin was discovered, making, or watching beheading videos:
The FBI said it was treating the matter as a criminal investigation and terrorism was not suspected.
According to this CNN report, “Deadly toxin found at Las Vegas hotel,”
But, for example, unless found in the laboratory of a toxicologist studying ways to treat deadly ricin toxicity—at present, no antidote, vaccine, or other specific effective therapy is available for ricin poisoning —such a discovery is tantamount to uncovering at least a planned act of terrorism, until somehow disproven.
Additional suspicious details have already emerged: “Lombardo said authorities found castor beans in the room and also powder in a small vial….’We did have enough ricin to be of concern,’ Lombardo said.”
Nonspecific symptoms after ingestion (onset within 12 hours) may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain and may progress to hypotension, liver failure, renal dysfunction, and death due to multiorgan failure or cardiovascular collapse. With inhalation (onset of symptoms is likely within 8 hours) of ricin the expected sequelae are cough, dyspnea, arthralgias, and fever, which may progress to respiratory distress and death, with few other organ system manifestations.
Thus, “Three hotel employees and a fourth person who came to the room to retrieve some items were taken to the hospital as a precaution, Officer Ramon Dendy told CNN. Three police officers who went into the room are also being watched at the hospital.”
Thankfully, “None of the seven have shown symptoms of ricin poisoning, which can include anything from difficulty breathing, fever, cough, nausea and sweating to severe vomiting and dehydration. ‘At this point, it has been contained and processed where it’s not a threat to anybody.’ …the ‘area of concern’ is under quarantine and is going through a decontamination process. All seven people have been decontaminated.”
For now, “… police do not have any suspects at this time.”
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