Seven men have been released from the hospital after getting severely ill, possibly poisoned by pesticides in Lenoir County.
Health officials tell us the men live and work at J.C Howard Farms, where they're allowed to plant their own gardens. The men told officials they all got sick yesterday after sharing a watermelon from the garden for lunch and later admitted to spraying the garden with a pesticide, not intended for that use.
Lenoir County Health Department Director Joey Huff says, "I think it's important for people to understand how dangerous pesticides can be if not used properly. Our information for the public when you purchase a pesticide, follow the label and any questions, contact your local cooperative extension. Every county has a local office, you can find their contact information on your counties government website."
Huff says all seven men responded well to treatments and have been discharged from the hospital.