AFB is a notifiable disease that affects colonies of honeybees. The infected hive will be destroyed as there is no permitted treatment for the disease in the UK.
The disease was confirmed following laboratory diagnosis by Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture. Scotland's Chief Veterinary Officer,Sheila Voas, said: “The confirmation that AFB has been found in a colony of honeybees in Perthshire is disappointing and a timely reminder that beekeepers should remain vigilant for signs of the disease at all times.
AFB kills off bee larva, is highly contagious and difficult to eradicate. Unlike European Foulbrood, hives with AFB cannot be treated and must be destroyed.
Beekeepers in the area of this outbreak who are not on BeeBase are requested to send their contact details to BeesMailbox@scotland.gsi.gov.uk.
Further information and details on how to register on BeeBase can be found at www.scotland.gov.uk/beehealth