An outbreak of American Foulbrood (AFB), a disease affecting colonies of honeybees, has been confirmed in the Perthshire area. It was discovered during investigations into European Foulbrood (EFB), which was confirmed last month.
So far AFB has been found in four hives in three apiaries. Bee inspectors are continuing their investigations and the Scottish Government’s animal health contingency plan has been activated.
A surveillance zone has been put in place around the confirmed cases and inspections are taking place based on information provided by the affected beekeeper. As with the EFB outbreak, both the Bee Farmers Association and the Scottish Beekeepers Association have been informed.
Bee farmers and beekeepers are being urged to be vigilant for signs of the disease, to maintain good husbandry practices and to notify the local area office of the Scottish Governments Rural Inspections and Payments Directorate if they suspect EFB or AFB.
So far 1,093 hives have been inspected for EFB with 61 of those testing positive. Forty hives have been destroyed.
Unlike EFB, hives with AFB cannot be treated with antibiotics. They must be destroyed.
There are no risks to public health. Further information will be made available at www.scotland.gov.uk