13 September 1998
Thanks to DH.
You archived the MSDS for VX. You might find the following of interest too.
NBC Medical Defense Library, info on Chem Terrorism:
"Sometime around September 21, 1987, a lead canister containing 1400 curies
of cesium-137 was opened launching the second largest nuclear accident
after Chernobyl. ii The cesium from within the canister was a "luminous
blue powder" which both children and adults rubbed on their bodies."
Military develops vaccines to Ricin:
Army Medics on ricin:
Secretary of Defense Cohen:
What the fuss is about now has been raised to a level where everyone
understands now that VX is a deadly nerve agent. They now understand that
anthrax, something smaller than a speck of dust, can kill you within five
days. They now know about castor beans from which you can extract not only
castor oil but ricin, a deadly poison for which there is no antidote, and
for which the Iraqis have been developing hundreds if not thousands of
acres of. They now are aware of the UNSCOM inspectors who were going to
Baghdad University and found a professor coming out, and they asked to look
at his papers -- and he said these papers are personal. Indeed, the top
page was personal and the back page was personal. Everything else in
between was about the documentation of how to extract ricin out of castor
Chemical Defense Faculty pubs:
Their home page http://chemdef.apgea.army.mil/ has a neat
picture of a nerve-agent antidote injector.
Health Service Support in a Nuclear, Biological,and Chemical Environment
in particular ch 2:
Biochem of Ricin