Associated Press Adds Embarrassing Correction To Article Claiming 70% Of Calls To Mississippi Poison Control Were About Ivermectin Ingestion

Associated Press Adds Embarrassing Correction To Article Claiming 70% Of Calls To Mississippi Poison Control Were About Ivermectin Ingestion


The Associated Press had to issue a correction to an article published in late August that claimed 70% of calls made to the Mississippi Department of Health were from people who had ingested the livestock version of Ivermectin.

The story followed media hyping the idea that people – particular people in the south – were taking a common horse dewormer to treat COVID-19. Someone, somewhere may have done this, but the media has treated it as if it is a common phenomenon – and have been proven wrong.

The AP issued the following correction to its article:

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In an article published Aug. 23, 2021, about people taking livestock medicine to try to treat coronavirus, The Associated Press erroneously reported based on information provided by the Mississippi Department of Health that 70% of recent calls to the Mississippi Poison Control Center were from people who had ingested ivermectin to try to treat COVID-19. State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said Wednesday the number of

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