2 hospitalized after taking livestock ivermectin

Mississippi — UPDATE: 08/23/2021

The Poison Control Center has received reports that two people have been hospitalized after taking livestock ivermectin.

“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,” said the Mississippi State Department of Health.

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued a warning Friday, cautioning citizens against taking animal medicine to treat COVID-19.

The state health department said they have received numerous calls about people taking livestock or animal formulations of ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.

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The drugs are highly concentrated for large animals and can be highly toxic to humans, the Mississippi State Department of Health said.

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“Do NOT take drugs made for animals in any form,” the health department posted on Facebook.

If you need help, call the Mississippi Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.