Most chemical terrorism agents are liquids that can be put into the air and then absorbed through the skin or breathed into the lungs. The chemicals may cause:
Chemical agents come in several forms. Examples are:
If you breathe in a chemical vapor, it may start affecting you within seconds to minutes. Chemicals that are absorbed through the skin have an effect in minutes to hours.
If you or someone you know might have been exposed to a chemical agent, get medical care right away. Call emergency medical services or go to the nearest emergency room.