Blood Agent

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Blood Agent

A chemical that causes sickness or death in humans or animals as it is absorbed in the blood. Many blood agents are based on arsenic or cyanide. Blood agents are usually used in poisons or chemical weapons.
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least four classes: nerve, blister, choking, and blood agents.
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.
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.