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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Investigators probe Central Valley farm worker illnesses

Following from Central Valley Business Times (original content):

DELANO
September 29, 2005 8:15am

Tulare County investigators are trying to determine what caused 17 grape pickers to suddenly get sick on the job Wednesday in a vineyard in southern Tulare County.

Possible contamination of water in a container is suspected. There had been no pesticides used on the vineyard since Sept. 1, according to Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner Gary Kunkel.

Ambulances took seven workers to Delano Regional Medical Center while ten others were transported by private cars. All were treated and released or, in two cases, declined treatment. None was admitted.

More than 70 men and woman were working in the vineyard when the 17 complained of nausea and dizziness.

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