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How to spot American foulbrood

Do you suspect that your bees may have American Foul Brood (AFB)? Do you know how to recognise the signs of Foul Brood disease, and can you distinguish between AFB and European Foul Brood (EFB)? American Foul Brood is a serious and notifiable infection, which you must report to the National Bee Unit.

Some areas of the BeeBase website that may help you spot key AFB symptoms include:

  • American Foul Brood (AFB): a summary of the characteristics of AFB, covering what happens if your bees are diagnosed with American Foul Brood.
  • Disease incidence maps: live information is available about the location of confirmed cases of American Foul Brood in England and Wales, so that you can see if AFB is in your beekeeping area.
  • The Statutory Apiary Inspections Programme: this explains how the NBU monitors and manages AFB in England and Wales.
  • What to do if you suspect that your honey bees have American Foul Brood (AFB): if you are a beekeeper in England or Wales, please contact the NBU. Alternatively, if you are a beekeeper in Scotland, you must use the following contact details.
  • Bees & the Law: this page gives details of the key legislation that you need to know about as a beekeeper and your obligations if you do discover American Foul Brood.
  • Image Gallery: you can find useful pictures of the symptoms of American Foul Brood disease here.
  • Advisory leaflets and training manuals: including publications on Foul Brood Disease of Honey Bees, which you can download free of charge.

American foulbrood