What does cyclosarin do to the body?

Even a small drop of sarin on the skin can cause sweating and muscle twitching where sarin touched the skin. Exposure to large doses of sarin by any route may result in the following harmful health effects: Loss of consciousness. Convulsions.

What is G agent?

The organophosphate nerve agents tabun (GA), sarin (GB), soman (GD), and cyclosarin (GF) are among the most toxic chemical warfare agents known. [1, 2] Together they comprise the G-series nerve agents, thus named because German scientists first synthesized them, beginning with GA in 1936.

Can you survive nerve gas?

It’s important to understand you can survive a low concentration of Sarin exposure as long as you don’t panic and do seek medical attention. If you survive initial exposure, you may have several minutes to several hours to reverse the effects.

What are the side effects of nerve agent?

Regardless of the route of exposure, nerve agents can cause the following characteristic effects:

  • pinpoint pupils of the eye.
  • excessive production of mucous, tears, saliva and sweat.
  • headache.
  • stomach pain, nausea and vomiting.
  • chest tightness and shortness of breath.
  • loss of bladder and bowel control.
  • muscle twitching.

Can you buy VX?

As a chemical weapon, it is categorized as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations and is banned by the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993, where production and stockpiling of VX exceeding 100 grams (3.53 oz) per year is outlawed.

How lethal is VX?

The median lethal dose of VX for humans is approximately 6 to 10 milligrams by dermal exposure. Absorption is rapid (seconds to minutes) by inhalation but is significantly slower (minutes to hours) by dermal exposure. V-series nerve agents are odorless and tasteless.

Did the US use sarin?

The operation may have been based on the real-life Operation Tailwind, a covert operation during the Vietnam War. Decades after it was done, CNN and Time Magazine reported that the U.S. military had used sarin during the operation and had committed other war crimes.

How painful is nerve gas?

People who are exposed to nerve agent vapor may experience immediate eye pain and tearing, dim vision, runny nose and cough. Within minutes people may become seriously ill. Symptoms of VX exposure may take hours to develop.