AFB and EFB 2015

Disease UPdate OCT 2015 with Map(pdf), CLICK to download
Foulbrood disease in Honey Bees(pdf), CLICK to download

Latest update from Tom Williamson, Plant Health Inspection Branch, DARDNI

As of 14th Oct we have identified AFB in 38 apiaries and EFB in 5 apiaries with the approx locations indicated on the attached map (also available from the link in the web page, see link below). One apiary was identified with both brood diseases which gives a total of 42 apiaries where a notifiable brood disease has been found to date in 2015. Many of the outbreaks (both AFB & EFB) are linked to recent bee movements but a few have no movement history or we can't identify a connection.
Inspections are continuing for the present while the good spell of weather continues but this isn't likely to continue for much longer. Many of the surveillance and follow-up inspections will be deferred to 2016.


The INIB is concerned at the growing number of confirmed outbreaks of American Foulbrood and European Foulbrood in Northern Ireland.

We cannot stress enough that these are serious diseases. These are diseases that cannot be ignored. They pose a risk not only to your bees, but also the bees of neighbouring beekeepers.

Beekeepers, as keepers of livestock that contribute enormously to agriculture and the environment, have a responsibility to ensure that their bees are healthy and that they are not unwittingly spreading any infection through their beekeeping practices. Whilst we are rapidly approaching the time of year when colony/brood inspections are less appropriate, it is important that beekeepers learn to recognize these diseases and they must seek the support of the Bee Inspectors if they suspect that a colony has a foulbrood disease.

The INIB would reiterate the advice of the National Bee Unit: if a colony of bees dies out at any time, seal the hive to prevent the remaining stores being robbed out, pending examination of the brood combs for signs of disease. All beekeepers should support the Bee Inspectors in their work to control and prevent the spread of these diseases."

Attached is the current National Bee Unit publication and for up to date information from DARD please follow this link: Thank you for your support

Please feel free to forward this link to beekeepers who may not be INIB members.

Caroline Thomson