Information about VX from the National Library of Medicine
The nerve agent VX has recently been in the news.
VX (O-ethyl S-[2-(diisopropylamino)ethyl] methylphosphonothioate) is a tasteless, odorless, and toxic organophosphate that disrupts the body's nervous system. Exposure to very small amounts on the skin or via inhalation can be fatal. It is classified as a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) by the United Nations Resolution 687. http://www.un.org/Depts/unscom/Chronology/resolution687.htm
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Chemical Hazards Emergency Management (CHEMM) can help you learn more about VX. CHEMM assists first responders, first receivers and other healthcare providers to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of mass-casualty incidents involving chemicals. It provides a comprehensive, user-friendly, web-based resource that is also downloadable in advance so that it would be available during an event if the internet is not accessible. https://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/index.html
NLM TOXNET also has information about VX. http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search2/r?dbs+hsdb:**At_Symbol_Here**term+**At_Symbol_Here**DOCNO+6459
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