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WordPress Shortcode. Z3P Follow. Published in: Design , Technology , Business. Full Name Comment goes here. Are you sure you want to Yes No. Be the first to like this. No Downloads. Views Total views. Actions Shares. Embeds 0 No embeds. No notes for slide. A crop dusting plane was applying pesticides to a nearbycotton field when the accident occurred. It is estimated that as many as additional farm workerswere also exposed to the chemicals, which drifted into the grape fields.
Victims exhibited a range ofpesticide poisoning symptoms including vomiting and irritated eyes and noses. According to county officials, the plane was spraying cotton for mites and aphids with a mixture ofLorsban chlorpyrifos , Danitol fenpropathrin and Curacron profenofos.
A slight breeze carried thepesticides toward the grape field where the chemicals drizzled down on workers, many of whom triedto escape by running away. Most of the affected workers were treated at local hospitals and released thesame day.
One pregnant woman was held overnight for observation. A county agricultural commissioner stated that the poisoning was "a somewhat unique occurrence," andthat "for a crop duster plane to affect a mass of people, thats not common at all.
According to thecounty officials, the chemicals were registered for use on cotton and no prior notification of thespraying was required.
Marion Moses of the California based Pesticide Education Center pointed out that even though cropdusters may follow current laws there are still many dangers. In there were possiblecases of pesticide exposure from drift near farms, most from aerial spraying, according to the CaliforniaDepartment of Pesticide Regulations DPR.
Danitol is classified by the U. Environmental Protection Agency as a Category I acute toxin, the mostpotent class of toxic chemicals. Lorsban and Curacron are both classified as Category II toxins. Chlorpyrifos, the active ingredient in Lorsban, is one of the most widely used insecticides in the U. Chlorpyrifos causes a range of neurological problemsand has been linked to human birth defects, fetal death in animals and damage to human and animalreproductive systems.
Of reported agricultural pesticide poisonings in California between and, chlorpyrifos ranked fifth in systemic and respiratory illnesses and sixth in acute illnesses. Approximately three million pounds were applied in California for agricultural purposes in ,according to DPR.
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