British man poisoned with Novichok regains consciousness: hospital


Salisbury Hospital officials said on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) they've seen an improvement in Rowley, who had experienced a "small but significant improvement".

He said: "In March this year, we launched an investigation after Sergei and Yulia Skripal were both poisoned with the nerve agent novichok". "Charlie is still very unwell and will continue to require specialist, round-the-clock care here at Salisbury District Hospital", the report says.

Dawn Sturgess, 44, died on Sunday evening after more than a week on life support.

The police officer leading the investigation into the latest Novichok poisoning in the United Kingdom has said he does not know if it will ever be possible to establish a definitive link between the most recent poisoning and that of Sergei and Yulia Skripal last March.

Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley were stricken in the Wiltshire town of Amesbury on June 30.

However, chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies has warned everyone in the area not to pick up "any foreign object which could contain liquid or gel, in the interests of their own safety".

Ms Sturgess died as a result of the exposure and her family have paid tribute to the mother of three, calling her "a gentle soul who was generous to a fault".

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But he said he found it highly unlikely there was not a link to the attack, which the United Kingdom blames on Russian Federation. She had two sons, aged 19 and 23, and an 11-year-old daughter.

The auto was seized Monday from a residential street in Swindon, authorities said.

They are working on the theory that Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley handled some sort of container which the nerve agent was in.

Local residents said the paramedic had told them he got bodily fluids on him, but he had been checked over by doctors and given the "all-clear".

It was feared it might have been contaminated and was taken to the Government laboratory at Porton Down, near Salisbury, to be destroyed.

Wiltshire Police tweeted Monday that the vehicle was being "safely" removed and reminded the public that the risk of contamination with the agent was low.

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the head of United Kingdom counter-terrorism policing, which is leading the investigation, said police are looking for a container contaminated with Novichok which the pair are believed to have handled.