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).
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.