MSDH Warning: Do not use ivermectin products for animals to treat COVID-19

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – According to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), the Mississippi Poison Control Center has received an increase in calls due to livestock or animal formulations of ivermectin taken to prevent or treat COVID-19 infection.

MSDH leaders said animal drugs are highly concentrated for large animals and can be highly toxic in humans. They said you should not take drugs made for animals in any form.

According to MSDH, you should not take any medicine to treat or prevent COVID-19 unless it has been prescribed to you by your healthcare provider and acquired from a legitimate source.  

  • 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 healthcare 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. 

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

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