SHOCKED AT LACK OF CARE
09:00 - 21 January 2003
Liz Sigmund, a Cornwall-based campaigner against chemical
spoke of her shock at the discovery of the anthrax vaccine on
The former member of the independent group
Working Party on Chemical and
Biological Weapons, said the find was
"horrifying" and needed a thorough
She said: "Anthrax
is a very nasty disease which causes severe lesions
on the lungs and can kill
"Two years ago anthrax was spread around America and a
politician died after being exposed to it.
"It started to
be developed during the Second World War and then during
the Cold War when
Western Europe and America feared the Russians were
Sigmund said the discovery of the antidote washed ashore in Dorset
"raise many questions which should be answered by those
responsible in the
"I shall talk to my colleagues at the University of Leeds
about the implications of this discovery. I cannot believe that
happened. It will certainly cause outrage with the general public.
shall also speak with my MP and ask him to take this matter to the
of Commons. It is a very serious incident."
The campaigner is
mostly known for her stalwart attitude against
chemical poisoning from
organophosphates which she believes can cause
severe brain damage.
argued that patients suffering from chemical poisoning can
cognitive and behavioural problems and the symptoms
could be largely due to
exposure to chemicals.