WARNING- AMERICAN FOUL BROOD IN THE NIPISSING AREA
August, 25, 2021 The Following was an email sent to the Sudbury & District Beekeepers Association
“I received the following information from Kathie Hogan, the Powassan Beekeepers’ group. This is to inform all local beekeepers that AFB (American Foul Brood) is present in the Nipissing District. An apiary located in Corbeil off of Centenniel Cres. was confirmed to have AFB today in 2 of its 5 hives, with possible symptoms in the other 3 hives. As resources have been shared between hives within the same yard and the similarity in symptoms the beekeeper has chosen to move forward with the burning of all 5 hives in the coming days. These bees have been treated regularly in spring and fall and monitored every 7-10 days. No used equipment or bees or sharing of equipment with other beekeepers or beeyards. The beekeeper noticed during the last check brood concern and contacted the local Ontario Bee Inspector who visited the site today, August 13th and confirmed the presence of AFB. It appears to have been contracted naturally through bee movement. This is a really serious situation. PLEASE check your own hives in the days ahead. Here is what to look for-http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/…/inspection/bees/afb-mgmt.htm
If you suspect AFB, please contact the local bee inspector immediately.
The only guaranteed solution, once detected, to stop the spread of American Foul Brood is to burn your hives. This is mandated under the Bee Act of Ontario (https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90b06).
Please read the Bee Act and be familiar with it. Beekeeping can be wonderful, but there is definitely a serious side to it.”