Published: 22/07/2014 10:39 - Updated: 22/07/2014 11:05

Honey Bee health warning

BEEKEEPERS in Moray and neighbouring areas have been urged to be vigilant for signs of a deadly disease.

Disease is threatening honey bees.
Disease is threatening honey bees.

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. The disease was confirmed 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 BeesMailbox@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

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.

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