American Foulbrood

American Foulbrood detected on Kangaroo Island 2020

American Foulbrood (AFB) was detected during routine testing of a sample of KI honey in mid-May 2020.

Whilst AFB is present in Australia (and detected from time to time in mainland South Australia), KI has to date remained free from any established presence of the disease.

Biosecurity SA is now conducting an initial delimiting survey of the KI honeybee population in an effort to contain and eradicate the disease.

Apiarists are asked to inspect all hives for notifiable pests and diseases. AFB is a notifiable disease. If you suspect a case of American Foulbrood, report it immediately to an Apiary Inspector:

Michael Stedman
Project Coordinator, Apiaries
Phone: (08) 84290872 or 0408 812 698
Email: michael.stedman@sa.gov.au

For more information on this detection, please visit the AFB detected on KI page.

Page Last Reviewed: 28 May 2020
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