Concern over Syria prompts UN to rush out new chemical exposure treatment guidelines

A spokesman for the World Health Organization says it has rushed out new guidelines for treating victims of chemical warfare agents like those purportedly used in the Aug. 21 attack in the suburbs of Damascus.

Spokesman Glenn Thomas says that the specific guidelines were being prepared before the U.N.'s chemical inspection team, which includes three WHO staffers, began working in Syria this week.

But he told reporters Tuesday in Geneva that "we did rush this out" because of the concern over Syria and the document would "evolve as we have a better understanding of the risks."

U.N. spokeswoman Alessandra Vellucci says the inspection team might need longer than the planned 14 days to complete its work and its priority now is to determine what happened in the Aug. 21 attack.