79 Teens Sent to Hospital after Plane Sprays Them With Fungicide

Digital Journal
July 27, 2013

By Jenni Jones from Lacey, WA, via Wikimedia Commons

By Jenni Jones from Lacey, WA, via Wikimedia Commons

Seventy-nine teens, some 13, were sprayed with a chemical fungicide from a crop-dusting plane near Pesotum, Illinois on Thursday. They were taken to a hospital in Urbana and, save for a few with minor skin irritations, none seem harmed.

The teenagers were detasseling corn for the company Monsanto when they were accidentally sprayed with a chemical from a crop dusting plane. The job of corn detasseling is done by teens as it is not considered hazardous; it entails yanking off the pollinating tassels from corn so they produce seeds to be planted in future.

At about 8:40 a.m. a crop dusting plane flew over a field next to the field the teens were at work in; when the plane sprayed that adjacent field the fungicide was taken by the wind and it rained down upon the teens. They were first looked at on-site by firefighters, A.P. reports, who washed them with disinfectant before taking them to hospital as a precautionary measure.

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