Last week on NewsTalk 1370 WCOA, I talked about reports coming out of Baldwin County, Ala. that people were using horse worm medicine to combat COVID, and feed stores and vets were warning people not to use it.
On Friday, the Mississippi Health Department issued this warning:
MS Health Alert Network (HAN) Alert
MSHAN-20210820-00532-ALT (Health Alert)
All Physicians, Hospitals, ERs, ICPs, NPs, and
Healthcare Providers – Statewide
Friday, August 20, 2021
Increased Poison Control Calls due to Ivermectin Ingestion and Potential Toxicity
• The Mississippi Poison Control Center has received an increasing number of calls from individuals with potential ivermectin exposure taken to treat or prevent COVID-19 infection.
• At least 70% of the recent calls have been related to ingestion of livestock or animal formulations of ivermectin purchased at livestock supply centers.
• 85% of the callers had mild symptoms, but one individual was instructed to seek further evaluation due to the amount of ivermectin reportedly ingested.
• No hospitalizations due to ivermectin toxicity have been directly reported to the Mississippi Poison Control Center or the Mississippi State Department of Health.
• There are approved uses for ivermectin in both people and animals. Patients should be advised to not take any medications intended to treat animals and should be instructed to only take ivermectin as prescribed by their physician.
• Animal drugs are highly concentrated for large animals and can be highly toxic in humans. Some of the symptoms associated with ivermectin toxicity include rash, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, neurologic disorders, and potentially severe hepatitis requiring hospitalization.
• Mississippi physicians, providers and hospitals that identify patients with illness related to the ingestion of ivermectin, either prescribed or livestock formulations, should report to the Mississippi Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.
• FAQ: COVID-19 and Ivermectin Intended for Animals | FDA
• Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19 | FDA
Paul Byers, MD State Epidemiologist