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A DEADLY virus is spreading through the bee population in England and Wales, killing entire colonies.

A study by a team of researcher­s from Newcastle University has found that the viral disease, known as chronic bee paralysis virus (CBPV), has risen alarmingly since 2007, when it was only recorded in Lincolnshi­re. Data collected from 24,000 visits to beekeepers in the UK from 2007-2017 found the virus in 39 counties in England and six in Wales. The huge increase in the spread of the disease is a great worry, as it can wipe out an entire colony in just a week. Further studies are now focusing on the best way to keep bees and bee colonies healthy.

The full report was published in the scientific journal Nature Communicat­ions.

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