Two people hospitalized from potential ivermectin poison, MSDH says
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - At least two people are in the hospital from potential ivermectin poison, the Mississippi State Health Department said.
Monday, MSDH issued a public health warning after the Poison Control Center received these latest reports.
Last week, MSDH issued an alert warning to health care providers that a drug used to deworm livestock was being used to treat and prevent COVID-19.
You should not take any medicine to treat or prevent COVID-19 unless it has been prescribed to you by your health care provider and acquired from a legitimate source, MSDH warns:
- Don’t take ivermectin intended for animals to prevent or treat COVID-19 (or any animal medications).
- Livestock ivermectin is highly concentrated, is toxic to people, and can cause serious harm.
- You should not take any medicine to treat or prevent COVID-19 unless it has been prescribed to you by your health care provider.
- There are safe and effective medications to prevent and treat COVID-19 infection such as getting vaccinated or asking your doctor about monoclonal antibody treatment if you test positive for COVID-19.
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