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European foulbrood of honey bees

Last Modified: Wed, 23 Mar 2016 14:54:44 GMT
Disease name European foulbrood of honey bees
Animal Health Law Category if applicable
Species affected Bee
Definition European foulbrood is a d ise ase of the larval and pupal stages of the honey bee Apis m e ll ife r a and other Ap is spp., and occurs in most countries where such bees are kept. The causative agent is the non-sporulating bacterium Me lisso c o c c u s p lu to n iu s. Subclinical in fe c tio n s are common and require l abo r ato ry diagnosis. In fe c t io n remains enzootic because of mechanical contamination of the honeycombs. Recurrences of dise ase can therefore be expected in subsequent years.
Status in Ireland
Date of Last known case of disease in Ireland
DAFM Division Responsible Ag Horticulture and Plant Health
Contact Gabriel Roe SI/Ted Massey AI
Link to relevant external website
OIE Link