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A British man who was poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent in an episode that killed his partner and substantially worsened relations between Britain and Russia was released from a hospital in Salisbury, England, on Friday.
The man, Charlie Rowley, 45, and his partner, Dawn Sturgess, 44, were poisoned by the chemical on July 1 in Amesbury, in southern England, after handling a small bottle of Novichok, a nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union.
Both Mr. Rowley and Ms. Sturgess were hospitalized after being found unresponsive, and Ms. Sturgess died on July 8.
Their case was linked to the March poisoning of a Russian double agent, Sergei V. Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia. British authorities say the Skripals were poisoned by the same nerve agent, though Russia has denied the accusations that it was to blame.
The working theory is that Mr. Rowley and Ms. Sturgess accidentally came into contact with residue from materials used to carry out the attack on the Skripals.
Lorna Wilkinson, director of nursing at Salisbury District Hospital, said in a statement that Mr. Rowley’s release was “also a day tinged with sadness” over the death of Ms. Sturgess.
“Charlie has been through an appalling experience most of us could never imagine,” Ms. Wilkinson said in a statement released by the hospital. “Today is a very welcome milestone in his recovery.”
She said the hospital worked closely with public health officials to determine that Mr. Rowley posed no risk to others in the community, and that he had been “decontaminated.”
The poisoning of Mr. Rowley and Ms. Sturgess, months after the Skripals were sickened in Salisbury, stunned and alarmed residents, many of whom worried about their own potential exposure to the deadly agent.
The police have assured the public that the risk of exposure is low, but they have advised that people in Amesbury and Salisbury “not pick up any objects such as syringes, bottles, cosmetic containers or vessels.”
“Searches are still expected to continue for several weeks, if not months, as officers gather further evidence to assist the investigation,” the Wiltshire Police said in a statement. In some places, cordons are still in place.
Five people were exposed to the agent beginning with the Skripals in March, including a police officer who responded to the scene. The attack on the Skripals set off a diplomatic dispute between Britain and Russia.
The death of Ms. Sturgess furthered calls by British authorities for accountability. A murder investigation has been opened to look into her death.
Both Mr. Skripal and his daughter survived, though they spent significant time in the hospital. When Ms. Skripal was released in April, she described her recovery as “slow and extremely painful.”