04 June 2010
Tests have confirmed the presence of American Foulbrood, a disease which kills developing bees in a hive, in Jersey for the first time.
A suspected case of the disease was reported to the Minister for Planning and Environment on Monday 31 May by a local beekeeper. Samples collected from the hive and tested in the UK were positive for American Foulbrood. A further case has been confirmed this afternoon, Friday 4 June.
The Minister for Planning and Environment has declared the Island an infected area which means no bees, hives or associated equipment or products may be moved except with a licence. All hives will be inspected for signs of disease by the department.
The disease can only be controlled by stopping all movements of hives, bees and equipment. Infected combs and bees are destroyed by burning, and equipment is disinfected.
All beekeepers who are not members of the Jersey Beekeepers Association are legally required to contact the Environment Division with their name, address, location and number of their hives on +44 (0) 1534 441600 or via email.
Andy Scate, Chief Officer, Planning and Environment said “This is a timely reminder to all beekeepers that if they suspect infection it is a legal requirement to inform the minister as soon as possible. Both European and American Foulbrood cause devastation by killing the developing bees and suspicion must be reported promptly to the Environment Department . The department are working with the Jersey Beekeepers Association to control and eradicate the disease from these insects which play such an important role in pollination.”
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