nerve agents / nerve gases / CBR weapons
- man-made chemical agents which primarily affect the nervous system in a similar manner to many pesticides
- they are generally liquid at room temperature, can mix with water and evaporate readily to odorless or near-odorless vapors which are heavier than air
- they tend to be readily absorbed through skin
- the main nerve agents are the chemicals:
- sarin (GB)
- soman (GD)
- tabun (GA)
- a series of binary chemical weapons developed by the Soviet Union and Russia between 1971 and 1993
- some variants possibly five to eight times more potent than VX, some up to ten times more potent than soman
- 1995: the forerunner of Novichok agents, substance-33 (frequently also referred to simply as “Novichok”) was reportedly used to poison Russian banker Ivan Kivelidi [ru], and Zara Ismailova, his secretary.
- 2018: UK government said that a Novichok agent had been used in an attack in the English city of Salisbury on 4 March 2018 in an attempt to kill former GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
- Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess found a perfume bottle in the park and in June 2018 also developed severe symptoms and being found unconscious in their house with Dawn Sturgess later dying from the exposure.
- these are generally similar to acetylcholinesterase inhibitor poisoning
nerve_agents.txt · Last modified: 2020/09/01 03:07 by gary1