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Deadly Bee Disease Found in Scotland

26 June 2012

SCOTLAND, UK - A case of the bee disease American Foulbrood (AFB) has been found in Scotland.

The disease was confirmed following laboratory diagnosis by Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA). Outbreaks of AFB have previously been reported and dealt with in the same area over the last three years.

The AFB infected apiary will be 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 affected apiary is located near Inverness and the movement of bees and related equipment into or out of the affected apiary is prohibited.

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 [email protected]

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