United Kingdom official reassures residents in poisoning case

United Kingdom official reassures residents in poisoning case

United Kingdom official reassures residents in poisoning case

The Met Police has confirmed the substance which has left two people critically ill in Amesbury, Wiltshire, was the nerve agent Novichok.

"Our current advice, based on the small number of casualties affected, is that there is no significant health risk to the wider public".

"The police officer admitted himself to the hospital as he was feeling unwell and was concerned about his symptoms", a source told The Sun.

The Skripals ultimately survived the poisoning and were later discharged from the hospital after what medics and officials say was an intensive battle to save their lives. British officials blamed the Skripals' poisoning on Russian Federation.

A British police officer has been hospitalized in connection with the case in Amesbury where a couple was exposed to the same substance that was used to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter, according to United Kingdom authorities.

- Six sites visited by Mr Rowley and Ms Sturgess before they fell ill were cordoned off.

Two British citizens remained in critical condition Saturday, breathing with the assistance of ventilators and surrounded by the world's leading experts on novichok poisoning, their odds of survival being closely tracked by Britain and Russian Federation.

"We are not in a position to say whether the nerve agent was from the same batch that the Skripals were exposed to", they said.

The spokesperson added the hospital had "the ability to carry out the appropriate specialist tests".

44-year-old don Sturgess of Salisbury and 45-year-old Charlie Rowley from Amesbury are in critical condition in the district hospital, Salisbury, where previously treated former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia.

Forensic investigators armed with drones are continuing to comb Wiltshire after the latest Novichok poisonings.

Officers in hazmat suits are investigating key locations in Amesbury and Salisbury, and the sites have been cordoned off as a precaution as "meticulous and systematic searches" take place. They may return, police said.

NPR's Alice Fordham reported on All Things Considered that police initially thought the couple had taken contaminated illegal recreational drugs, and warned people who had taken crack cocaine or heroin to be extra careful.

The UK Metropolitan Police's anti-terrorism unit has reportedly taken over the investigation into a new contamination in Britain allegedly linked to a the Novichok-typed nerve agent class.

At 6.20pm an ambulance was called to his house and he was also taken to hospital.

Alastair Hay, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Toxicology at the University of Leeds, said there is "no specific method for the detection of Novichoks in the environment" because the use of the nerve agent was not considered likely when monitors were designed.

Russia has denied the allegations, but more than 20 other countries kicked Russian diplomats out of their countries in a show of support for the UK.

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