Nerve agents, such as tabun and satin, and blood agents
, such as hydrogen cyanide and cyanogen chloride, have particularly lethal effects and can cause death within minutes.
least four classes: nerve, blister, choking, and blood agents. (3) This
Several choking and blood agents are chemicals widely used in
Chemicals categorized as blood agents interfere with oxygen
agents, methods for producing blood agents are relatively well-known.
Blood agents act through inhalation or ingestion and impair
with sodium thiosulfate, may reverse the effects of blood agents. The
Terrorists may find blood agents difficult to employ as weapons of
THINK AGAIN!ACCORDING to suppliers of survival equipment, the pounds 386 added to the Vale council's budget for protecting local people could buy: # Almost three top quality gas masks that can protect you against such things as ``nerve agents, blister agents, blood agents
and biological warfare''.
In a June supplement to ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PERSPECTIVES, Schwartz reports that of all the pollutants measured, only fine particulates--those smaller than 10 micrometers in diameter--were associated with higher than normal concentrations of these blood agents
. The size of the rise increased with dose.
It is specifically designed to provide protection against a variety of chemical agents, including nerve, choking, blister and blood agents