Dozens of farm workers exposed to pesticides in South Valley. 3 sent to the hospital

Nearly 60 farm workers were exposed to chemicals Tuesday morning as they worked on a vineyard west of Dinuba.

Three workers were taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia as firefighters and officials from the health department and agricultural commission investigated the extent of the exposure.

Tulare County firefighters were dispatched at 10:45 a.m. to a vineyard on Avenue 408 west of Road 56 after farm workers reported falling ill as they worked.

Firefighters who arrived found nearly 60 farm workers that had been working at the vineyard who were possibly exposed. Some reported symptoms of nausea and vomiting.

According to Tulare County fire Cpt. Joe Rosa, the workers were exposed to pesticides that had blown over from across the streeat, where a stone fruit orchard was being sprayed.

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