Dozens of farmworkers in California vineyard exposed to pesticide


Tulare County, Calif. — Sixty-three farmworkers were exposed to a pesticide on Tuesday, and three were taken to a hospital, CBS Fresno affiliate KGPE reports.

The Tulare County Fire Department said the call came in around 11:45 a.m.

The farmworkers were on the job in a nearby vineyard when the wind shifted and the pesticide drifted from a field that was being sprayed.

The chemical they were hit with is called hexythiazox. The website Beyond says the chemical kills egg mites and is used on a wide variety of fruits, including grapes.

The three workers brought to the hospital complained of nausea and vomiting.

The other workers were decontaminated on the scene and had no symptoms.

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