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American foulbrood of honey bees

Last Modified: Fri, 25 May 2018 12:30:19 IST
Disease name American foulbrood of honey bees
Animal Health Law Category if applicable E, D
Species affected Bee
Definition American foulbrood (AFB) affects the larval stage of the honey bee Apis mellifera and other Apis spp. and occurs throughout the world. Paenibacillus larvae, the causative organism, is a bacterium that can produce over one billion spores in each infected larva. The spores are extremely resistant to heat and chemical agents, and can survive for many years in scales (from diseased dead brood),hive products and equipment. Only the spores are capable of inducing the infection.
Status in Ireland Reported
Date of Last known case of disease in Ireland Present
DAFM Division Responsible Ag Horticulture and Plant Health
Contact Gabriel Roe SI/Ted Massey AI
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