Scottish Field - - COUNTRY NEWS -

An out­break of Euro­pean Foul­brood (EFB) has been de­tected in two honey bee colonies in api­aries near Perth and Dum­fries. The bac­terium that causes EFB is spread through the con­tam­i­na­tion of bee­keep­ers’ tools and equip­ment. Less se­ri­ous than Amer­i­can foul­brood (AFB), EFB is treat­able and doesn’t re­quire hives to be de­stroyed. How­ever, of­fi­cials are ask­ing bee farm­ers to re­main vig­i­lant and have re­quested that bee­keep­ers in the area reg­is­ter with Bee­base for up­dated in­for­ma­tion.

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