Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Woman Exposed to Soviet-Era Nerve Agent Novichok Dies

Woman Exposed to Soviet-Era Nerve Agent Novichok Dies

London's Metropolitan Police force said the case had become a homicide investigation now that 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess had died in a hospital in Salisbury. That afternoon, Rowley fell ill at the same address in Amesbury and was also hospitalised.

The working hypothesis is that the pair became contaminated after touching a poison container left over from the March attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

Several sites have been cordoned off; the three of most interest are Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury, where the British couple spent part of Friday; the Salisbury homeless hostel where Sturgess lived and both visited on Friday; and Rowley's Amesbury home, which they also visited on Friday.

Dawn Sturgess, 44, died Sunday after she was exposed to the nerve agent Novichok. Moscow has rejected the accusations and has hit back by expelling Western diplomats.

The police are working to ensure that her family have all the necessary support that they need at this extremely hard time.

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The British government blamed Russian Federation for the attack.

British police say a woman who was exposed to the nerve agent Novichok in southern England has died.

Medical workers initially suspected a drug overdose but tests by the Porton Down military research centre showed they had been exposed to Novichok.

"The circumstances in the Amesbury situation are troubling: recently, such cases emerge ahead of important events", Aleksandr Shulgin, Russia's envoy to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, was quoted by the Izvestia newspaper as saying in an interview published July 9.

Both were determined to have been exposed to the nerve agent after touching a contaminated item with their hands, police said.

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Javid, who is chairing a meeting of the government's emergency committee on Monday, has said there were no plans at this stage for further sanctions against Russian Federation.

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, chaired a meeting of the government's Cobra emergency committee on Monday. Nick Bailey, hospitalized after suffering symptoms of poisoning during the investigation, is discharged.

Following the poisoning of the Skripals, the Russian government floated an array of unsubstantiated theories about the Skripals' poisoning in what Britain has criticized as a cynical effort by Moscow to muddy the waters surrounding the investigation.

"We would like to take this opportunity to pass on our sincerest thanks to all of the NHS staff involved in Dawn's care, especially the wonderful doctors and nurses at Salisbury District Hospital who we know afforded Dawn every possible chance of survival and treated her with the utmost care and dignity". "They did everything they could", she said.

In a statement, Bristol Dry Gin said: "Novichok Edition has been in development for some time, and was only named and released after the Skripals had recovered". The Novichok nerve agent blocks a key enzyme that controls communication between nerve cells and reduces oxygen in the body, potentially leading to breathing difficulties and convulsing muscles.

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