European Foulbrood Outbreak – North of Dunblane

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European Foulbrood Outbreak - Scottish Government Bee Health Team Notice

The following is a notice issued by the Scottish Government Bee Health Team for beekeepers across Scotland.

We are contacting you to inform you of an outbreak of European Foulbrood (EFB) in honey bees in the Dunblane area. This is the first outbreak of EFB detected in this area in recent years.

This outbreak concerns a single hive and was first reported to the Scottish Government by the beekeeper, with the disease being confirmed by SASA on 12th of September 2023.

The beekeeper concerned has been informed of the official confirmation of the disease. They are fully cooperating with the Scottish Government bee health inspectors. Restrictions are in place in the affected apiary and the colony in question has been humanely euthanised following agreement between the bee inspectors and the beekeeper.

BeeBase registered beekeepers within 3 km from the infected apiary will also be alerted of this outbreak via BeeBase.

What does this mean?

This is an informative announcement to raise awareness of key points. There are no subsequent restrictions in the area as a result of this finding other than those in place for the infected apiaries.

Next Steps

Our inspectors have now stopped inspections for this season and will start surveillance activities around the infected apiary of registered beekeepers in the spring next year.

Due to the late time in the season, we are not suggesting beekeepers carry out a full foulbrood inspection, but we would encourage all beekeepers to inspect their bees thoroughly once the weather allows and brood is present in sufficient quantities next season. Winter dead outs should be treated with care: please close or remove hives that you note have died as soon as possible. All equipment from dead outs should be cleansed and disinfected, please do not re-use frames, comb, honey or equipment from dead out hives if you are unsure as to the reason for the colony’s demise.

If there is any suspicion of American foulbrood (AFB) or European Foulbrood (EFB), there is a legal requirement to notify the Scottish Government Honey Bee Health Team on [email protected]

In addition, we would like to emphasise the importance of beekeepers registering and keeping the locations of their apiaries up to date in BeeBase. This will allow the Scottish Government Honey Bee Health Team to assess if there has been a risk of disease spreading to their bees. This is all the more important for beekeepers who find themselves within an area where an outbreak has been confirmed.

Free registration to BeeBase is available at the National Bee Unit website. Registration on BeeBase also ensures that other beekeepers in an area are automatically alerted to disease outbreaks.

Additional information can be found on the following web pages:

· Foulbrood – how to spot and report the disease

· Honey bee health guidance

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

[email protected]

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