79 Teens Hospitalized After Being Sprayed By Pesticides

Teens working on a field in Champaign County, Ill., were treated at a hospital after they were accidentally sprayed with fungicide from a crop-dusting plane Thursday, The News-Gazette is reporting.

The teens were working in a field detasseling corn for the Monsanto corn company when the accident happened.

79 were treated at Carle Foundation Hospital for exposure to the fungicide.

All of the teens were decontaminated on site by emergency responders before three busloads were transported to the hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

"Patients that were brought to Carle were evaluated as a precaution and a few teens were treated for minor skin irritations," Allen Rinehart, director of the emergency department, said.

"The efforts of Monsanto and the first responders ensured that each teen was thoroughly decontaminated immediately on site. We appreciate the collaborative work of those in the field and Carle staff throughout the day."

The teens were sprayed when a crop-dusting plane was spraying an adjacent field and the wind blew the fungicide onto the teens.

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