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Florida farmworker at risk of pesticide poisoning

Aldegunda has been picking ferns in Central Florida since she came from Mexico at age 17.

"Chemicals from the plants pass right through my sweat-soaked shirt, pants and hat, irritating my skin. I often get rashes. When I go into work, sometimes the plants are still wet with water and chemicals. In the evening my hands ache, and I can't sleep. My hands are becoming too swollen to work."

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Aldegunda has been picking ferns in Central Florida since she came from Mexico at age 17. <br />
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"Chemicals from the plants pass right through my sweat-soaked shirt, pants and hat, irritating my skin. I often get rashes. When I go into work, sometimes the plants are still wet with water and chemicals. In the evening my hands ache, and I can't sleep. My hands are becoming too swollen to work."