An important and embarrassing correction was finally made to an article published by the Associated Press in late August that seemed to claim that 70% of all the calls made to the Mississippi Department of Health were from various people who had ingested the more concentrated livestock version of Ivermectin.
The story originally cropped up following the media hyping up the idea that many people were ingesting a common horse dewormer in an attempt to treat COVID-19. While there may have been someone, somewhere that may have been dumb enough to try this, the media seems to have sensationalized the issue and has treated it as if it were becoming a common thing, which has since been proven very wrong.
The Associated Press has put forth the following correction to the article it previously posted:
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 calls to poison control about ivermectin was about 2%. He said of the calls that were about ivermectin, 70% were by people who had ingested the veterinary version of the medicine.
After doing the math about the issue, just about 1.4%, in total, of the emergency calls made to Mississippi Poison Control were concerning various people who stated that they had taken the livestock variant of the dewormer, Ivermectin.
The freshly minted correction was put forth on August 25th, which was just two days after the original story had been put out. This pops up just after another insane journalism error in recent memory, which was also in relation to Ivermectin, which is a medicine used to treat both humans as well as animals, but in vastly different ways, however.
As reported over the past weekend, Rachel Maddow and the Rolling Stone parrotted the claims from one doctor in Oklahoma who gave a statement to KFOR, a local news outlet, that many emergency rooms in the area were being swarmed with people who had fallen ill after taking the livestock variant of Ivermectin, which resulted in gunshot victims being forced to wait. As reported by the Daily Wire, the story has been proven false by an Oklahoma hospital who stated that Jason McElyea, the doctor in question, is affiliated with a group that sometimes covers the hospital’s emergency room, but has not worked there in over two months. The hospital also went on to say that they had not taken in any cases, at all, concerning Ivermectin ingestion. The full statement from the hospital reads:
Although Dr. Jason McElyea is not an employee of NHS Sequoyah, he is affiliated with a medical staffing group that provides coverage for our emergency room.
With that said, Dr. McElyea has not worked at our Sallisaw location in over 2 months.
NHS Sequoyah has not treated any patients due to complications related to taking ivermectin. This includes not treating any patients for ivermectin overdose.
All patients who have visited our emergency room have received medical attention as appropriate. Our hospital has not had to turn away any patients seeking emergency care.
We want to reassure our community that our staff is working hard to provide quality healthcare to all patients. We appreciate the opportunity to clarify this issue and as always, we value our community’s support.