Vx

by Amy Wessenberg

Characteristics

  • has the texture of motor oil
  • odorless
  • tasteless
  • amber in color
  • slow to evaporate
  • can be distributed as gas or liquid
  • man made and not naturally found in the environment
  • rapidly lethal in the body
Deadliest weapon VX nerve gas

VX can be absorbed into the body by inhalation, ingestion, skin contact, or eye contact.

Chemical Effeccts

  • prevents proper operation of enzymes crossing over the synapse in the brain to control glands and muscles in the body
  • this causes the glads and muscles to be constantly stimulated
  • without getting the enzymes to stop the muscles, they will tires and breathing will no longer be able to happen
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Lethal Doses

  • 10 milligrams through skin contact
  • 30-50 mg*min/m^3 through inhalation

Symptoms

Acute poisoning:

  • low/high blood pressure
  • blurred vision
  • chest tightness
  • confusing
  • cough
  • diarrhea
  • drooling/sweating
  • eye pain
  • headache
  • vomiting
  • runny nose
  • weakness

Chronic poisoning:

  • convulsions
  • loss of consciousness
  • paralysis
  • respiratory failure possibly leading to death

Build up of this poison is possible for people who are exposed to it for a long amount of time.

Treatment

  • removing poison from body as soon as possible at a hospital
  • antidotes are available for vx