Dept. of Health: Drifting pesticides cause rise in local illnesses

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 7:38 AM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The State Health Department said there had been a sudden rise in illnesses caused by drifting pesticides in Eastern Washington orchards in May.    

The department said 60 people were reported sick since March. The agency said that was the amount of people they usually saw in one year.

The agency added pesticides drifting onto workers can cause eye, skin and breathing irritation as well as headache and nausea.

The Washington Department of Agriculture was reminding people using pesticides to follow directions and monitor conditions to prevent drift.

 

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