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The disaster management team have today signed of an intervention in Nicaragua that will help thousands of working horses, livestock and a small number of companion animals being affected by volcanic ash.
People and animals in the affected area, the western province of Chinandega, are suffering from mild throat irritation and skin burns. The animals are also suffering from mild starvation and respiratory problems.
This will be a two stage intervention and will provide:
Priority assistance to working horses (approximately 4000) with food, deworming, vitamins and antibiotics
Veterinary attention and food provision to other affected animals
The team will deploy for the first stage of the intervention in the next couple of days, and the second stage will follow a month after this initial work.