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Friday, January 24, 2003
This comment by Curtiss Leung in response to today's first post inspired me to do a bit of reading about the VX nerve agent. It is interesting to note that it appears the United States traded with Great Britain, where it was invented, for this weapon and manufactures, possesses and even tested the VX nerve agent on U.S. soldiers in the 1960s. Oh yeah, the U.S. Army says the VX nerve agent is known to cause:
miosis (constriction of pupils) and visual effects, headaches and pressure sensation, runny nose and nasal congestion, salivation, tightness in the chest, nausea, vomiting, giddiness, anxiety, difficulty in thinking, difficulty sleeping, nightmares, muscle twitches, tremors, weakness, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, involuntary urination and defecation. Severe exposure symptoms progress to convulsions and respiratory failure.The Center for Nonproliferation Studies says, "The median lethal dose for most male adults is about 10 milligrams on the skin."