V-Agents

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Overview


The V-Agents were first developed in Britian in the 1950s. They are preceeded by the letter "V" as an abbreviation for the word "venemous" because their toxicity is so lethal and that they result in similar health effects as certain snake venom (#Tucker, 2006). VX ahortly became the V-Agent of choice and was developed on an industrial level by the Allied powers. Less than 10 milligrams is fatal to humans.

See VX for detailed description.


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Physical Information

Name: V-Agents

Use: chemical warfare

Source: sythetic chemistry

Recommended daily intake: none

Absorption: dermal, ingestion, inhalation

Sensitive individuals: all

Toxicity/symptoms: choking, dizziness, miosis

Regulatory facts: outlawed under CWC

Environmental: persistent

Recommendations:



Classifications


Information for the table below is derived from #Emedicine:

Code Name

Chemical Name

O-Ethyl-S-(2(diisopropylamino)ethyl) methylphosphate

VE

O-Ethyl-S-(2(diethylamino)ethyl)ethylphosphonothioate

VG

O,O-Diethyl-S-(2(diethylamino)ethyl)phosphorothioate

VM

O-Ethyl-S-(2(diethylamino)ethyl)phosphorothioate

V-gas

Russian Equivalent of VX


References


Emedicine on V-Agents


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