California Farm Workers Exposed To Toxic Pesticide Told To Seek Medical Help
Dozens of farmworkers in Bakersfield, Calif., were recently exposed to extremely toxic pesticides, Mother Jones reports. It is believed that the poisoning was caused by chlorpyrifos, a chemical found in the pesticide that was being used on crops in the area.
As the New York Times reported, chlorpyrifos chemicals have alarmed public health officials for years, and until recently were on the Environmental Protection Agency’s radar for banning. However, since President Trump appointed EPA head Scott Pruitt, the chemical was given the go-ahead. Mother Jones pointed out that the chemical in question was manufactured by Dow AgroSciences, whose parent company, Dow Chemical, gave $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee.
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While more than fifty workers were exposed, only twelve workers reported symptoms of chemical exposure, including vomiting and nausea. Another twelve were checked but exhibited no symptoms. The remaining farmworkers dispersed before receiving medical attention, leaving their condition unknown.
Michelle Corson, a public health official for Kern County, released a statement, Kern Golden Empire reports, saying, “Anybody that was exposed, that was here today, we encourage them to seek medical attention immediately. Don’t wait. Particularly if you’re suffering from any symptoms. Whether it’s nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, seek medical attention immediately.”