Traces of nerve agent found in restaurant after attack against ex-spy


British media said Sunday that there were traces of a nerve agent used to attack a Russian ex-spy and his daughter in Salisbury restaurant where the two were poisoned. British health officials say the risk to public health is low, however.

A large-scale police investigation is ongoing in Salisbury as forensics experts search for clues.

BBC and Sky News said traces of the agent had been detected. According to the Associated Press, BBC’s sources say traces were found at the Zizzi restaurant, an establishment that Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia reportedly dined in before becoming critically ill.

Sky News reported that the traces “were found in several locations.”

From the AP: British health officials say the risk to public health after the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy remains low.

Dr. Jenny Harries of Public Health England said Sunday there has been some limited contamination of a restaurant and pub in Salisbury following the nerve agent attack.

She says people who were in the restaurant and pub on March 4 and March 5 should take “simple” precautions by washing their clothes and taking other measures.

A police officer was also hospitalized in the attack on Skripal and his daughter Yulia, however, hospital officials said there is no evidence of a “wider risk,” the AP reports.

Public Health England issued advice for anyone who was at the Zizzi restaurant or The Mill pub at certain hours of March 4 and 5.

The statement says: “While there is no immediate health risk to anyone who may have been in either of these locations, it is possible, but unlikely, that any of the substance which has come into contact with clothing or belongings could still be present in minute amounts and therefore contaminate your skin. Over time, repeated skin contact with contaminated items may pose a small risk to health.”

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