Blister Agent

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Blister Agent

A chemical that causes blisters or other severe irritation on human or animal skin. Occasionally, blister agents are used in medical treatments and may have a commercial value for this reason. However, blister agents are usually used in chemical weapons.
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The Army's selection, announced on July 29, 1998, calls for the Startech team to demonstrate the safe and irreversible destruction of the three principal chemical warfare agents; VX nerve agent, the suffocant agent GB, and the blistering agent HD.
The country has hundreds of tons of various chemical agents, including sarin and VX nerve agents, as well as older blistering agents such as mustard gas, dispersed in dozens of manufacturing and storage sites, experts say.
The United States manufactured thousands of tons of nerve gas, blistering agents and other poisons, simply because the Soviet Union was known to be doing the same.
The advent of such blistering agents as mustard gas, which causes painful burns necessitating medical attention even in low doses, marked the first chemical weapons to produce a significant military effect.
The Pentagon said Tuesday that it would notify 20,000 veterans of the 1991 Gulf War - four times more than previously announced - that they might have been exposed to nerve gas and blistering agents when a battalion of U.