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2nd Officer Was Sickened by Novichok, U.K. Police Say


LONDON — A second police officer has been confirmed as a victim of the nerve agent attack that nearly killed a Russian former spy and his daughter in England last year, the police said on Thursday, bringing the number of those sickened in the episode to six.

Forensic testing confirmed that an officer from the Wiltshire Police, who does not wish to be identified, was affected by the nerve agent, Novichok, which was used to target the former spy, Sergei V. Skripal, in March 2018. Mr. Skripal’s daughter, Yulia S. Skripal, also fell seriously after being exposed to the poison, but both survived.

Tests on a blood sample from a police officer involved in the response to the poisoning, which occurred in Salisbury, England, confirmed that the officer had been exposed to a small amount of Novichok, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

The officer displayed signs of having been exposed to the nerve agent at the time and was given medical treatment, the authorities said. The officer returned to duties shortly afterward.

Another officer who was sickened in the episode, Detective Sgt. Nick Bailey, became critically ill but made a full recovery.

Two other people also suffered high levels of exposure to Novichok as a result of the poisoning, both months after the attack. The two victims, Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley, were accidentally exposed to residue from the Novichok in Amesbury, a town near Salisbury. Mr. Rowley survived, but Ms. Sturgess died.


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