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Bee Disease Confirmed

An outbreak of American Foulbrood (AFB), a disease affecting colonies of honeybees, has been found in an apiary in the Tarland area of Aberdeenshire. This outbreak has been found as part of the Scottish Government’s Scotland-wide surveillance programme which will allow us to understand more about the disease and husbandry factors affecting honey bee health in Scotland. The disease was confirmed on Monday following laboratory diagnosis by Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA).

The AFB infected hive is being destroyed as there is no permitted treatment for the disease in the UK. There are no risks to public health from AFB and no implications for the quality and safety of honey. The movement of bees and related equipment into or out of the affected apiary are under specific controls. Bee farmers and beekeepers are being urged to be vigilant for signs of the disease, to maintain good husbandry practices and to notify any suspicion of disease to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

In order to assist Scottish Government Bee Inspectors to control this and other diseases, beekeepers are urged to register on BeeBase, the national bee database. This will give them access to up-to-date information on the control of AFB and bee related issues. Beekeepers in the area of this outbreak that are not on BeeBase are requested to register at: https://secure.csl.gov.uk/beebase/ or send their contact details to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Bee keepers should note that American Foulbrood is a notifiable disease. This prohibits the removal of hives, bees, combs and appliances from the farm where the owner suspects the disease is present. The disease is confirmed following laboratory diagnosis by Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA). Samples being submitted to SASA should be marked “URGENT – BIOLOGICAL SPECIMENS” and sent to: Zoology Laboratory (BEE DISEASES), SASA, Roddinglaw Road, Edinburgh, EH12 9FJ.

 

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