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Travellers beware

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  |  Posted: Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 06:00 am

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During the Second World War, in Scotland, I was a member of the civil defence. Our training told us that mustard gas smelled like geraniums, but that our gas masks would protect us.

But phosgene (PH3) was fatal even in small doses, we learned. Now I hear on the CBC that phosgene generating capsules are being used extensively in the Far East to combat bed bugs in hotels.

Apparently there is no control over their use. They have been suspected in several recent deaths of healthy young people. There seems to be no desire on the part of governments in general to protect their citizens from greedy corporations.

Be warned: don't go to Thailand, Malaysia or Vietnam until this threat is dealt with.

Robert Clark, St. Albert


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