|Exposure: May be a liquid or a gas. Nerve agents enter the body through:
- Skin and eyes
- Breathing in (inhalation)
- the mouth (by eating or swallowing)
Nerve agents are not contagious. They cannot spread from person to person.
Symptoms and treatment: Upon exposure to a nerve agent, the pupils of the eyes shrink to pinpoints and the body begins sweating and twitching. Runny nose, watery eyes, drooling, excessive sweating, difficult breathing, dimness of vision, nausea, and vomiting follow.
At first sight of symptoms, immediately remove the victim's clothing and flush eyes and skin with plenty of water, then seek medical attention. There are antidotes for specific chemical agents.