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Why some Americans treat Covid with an unproven horse dewormer

BBC, 15 Sep 2021
In recent months, Ivermectin has come to greater attention due to its promotion as an alternative treatment for Covid-19.

For human use, it is commonly used to treat parasitic infections such as river blindness, spread by flies, Ivermectin has also been shown to kill viruses in petri dishes in the lab - although, at much higher doses than would usually be prescribed to people.

In the United States, there have been reports of people becoming unwell having taken the drug.

Earlier this month, the US Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an advisory that said calls to poison control centres across the US about human exposure to Ivermectin had risen sharply, with July calls being five times over the baseline number.

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