Beleaguered Mississippi Health Department officials on Friday formally issued a warning and plea after poison control centers in the state reported a major increase in calls related to ingestion of a drug used to control parasites in livestock. On Saturday, the FDA made another, sharper statement, via social media.
As Rachel Maddow noted on Friday night, the calls are coming in thanks to “vaccine skeptics” in the state opting instead to take ivermectin, which is primarily for deworming horses and cows and is available over the counter from feed stores.
“Do not use ivermectin products made for animals, warned the Mississippi health department on Facebook. “Animal drugs are highly concentrated for large animals and can be highly