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Salisbury Cathedral, consecrated in 1258 – 760 years ago this year. Stonehenge is not far away.

You will be aware of recent events in the Salisbury area involving a nerve agent which has led to three people being admitted to hospital… This precautionary advice is for those who visited The Mill pub in Salisbury between 13:30 hours on Sunday 4th March and closing time at 23:10 hours on Monday 5th March 2018 or the nearby Zizzi restaurant between 13:30 hours on Sunday 4 th March and closing time at 21:00 hours on Monday 5 th March 2018https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/687273/PHE_public_advice_leaflet_-_Salisbury_nerve_agent_incident.pdf

Hundreds urged to wash clothes after UK nerve agent attack

Posted:Sun, 11 Mar 2018 12:56:32 -0400
 SALISBURY, England (Reuters) – Hundreds of people who visited the Zizzi restaurant or the Mill pub in the English city of Salisbury were told on Sunday to wash their clothes after traces of nerve agent used to attack a former Russian spy last week were found at both sites.

The statements, below, raise more questions than are answered. Is the objective to mechanically remove the agent from clothes since neither use of warm temperature, nor special soap, nor bleach recommended? It does say to wipe spectacles (eye glasses) with warm water. What happens to potentially contaminated waste-water? Should the washer be wiped out? Isn’t it rather late to tell people? Is the agent VX? https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/03/12/explainer-what-is-vx-nerve-agent-and-how-does-it-work/
If it is Tabun, shouldn’t they give additional washing instructions? “Tabun can be destroyed with bleaching powder (calcium hypochlorite), though the poisonous gas cyanogen chloride is produced.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabun_(nerve_agent)

Public Health England statement regarding events in Salisbury
Summary of public health actions and advice on the ongoing incident involving 2 people in Salisbury.
Published 7 March 2018
Last updated 11 March 2018 —
Public Health England
Dr Jenny Harries, Deputy Medical Director at Public Health England said:
The immediate risk to the general public remains low and this has not changed.
Rigorous scientific analysis has been ongoing and we have learnt that there has been some limited contamination in both The Mill pub and Zizzi restaurant in Salisbury. Anyone who visited The Mill pub or Zizzi restaurant where the 2 affected individuals were can be reassured that this limited exposure will not have harmed their health to date. However, there may be a very small health risk associated with repeated contact with belongings which may have been contaminated by this substance. We therefore recommend that a precautionary approach is taken and advise people to clean the clothes they were wearing and any possessions they had with them.

Those who were in either location should:
* wash clothing they haven’t already in the washing machine
* any items which cannot be washed, and which would normally be dry cleaned, should be put in two plastic bags tied at the top and stored safely at home (we are currently reviewing the best way of cleaning these clothes and will provide further advice on our website)
* wipe personal items such as phones, handbags and other electronic items with cleansing or baby wipes and dispose of the wipes in the bin
* wash other items such as jewellery and spectacles which cannot go in the washing machine with warm water and detergent and rinse with clean, cold water
* wash their hands thoroughly after cleaning any items
We want to reiterate that the immediate risk to those affected is extremely low and this is a precautionary measure.
See further information on what to do if you were in either location at the time.
Published 7 March 2018
Last updated 11 March 2018 – hide all updates
* 11 March 2018
 Change to the statement with updated information and link to further guidance. Out of hours forced published.
* 7 March 2018 
First published.
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(Emphasis our own.)

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Salisbury Cathedral by John Constable, ca. 1825, cropped