BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - UPDATE: Kern County Fire Department officials responded to a call for farm workers experiencing eye irritation and nausea while while working in a garlic field Wednesday morning.
Firefighters treated workers for minor symptoms but did not need immediate medical assistance.
Firefighters decontaminated 13 people at the scene and did not require further medical treatment. Two people later complained of feeling ill and were transported to a local hospital.
Kern County Fire Department first reported the cause of the hazmat was from an aerial spray, but we are now being told by officials that the chemical was injected through irrigation in nearby carrot fields.
Gosford Road is still closed near Houghton Road, and county fire says the closure extends to Bear Mountain Boulevard.
KCFD told 17 News a nearby field was sprayed, and they are unsure what chemical was used. Kern County Public Health Services said a sign was posted where the pesticide was applied. That field is east of where the exposed field workers were.
When workers arrived at an orchard, several of them reported various symptoms of illness, accord to officials. Seven workers are being treated for headaches, skin and eye irritation. KCFD said 60 to 70 workers could be affected by this, and there's no clear time on when this scene could be cleared.
There is no word on injuries at this time.
We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
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