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Bee disease confirmed in Perthshire
By Gordon Davidson News & Online Editor

AN OUTBREAK of American Foulbrood has been found in an apiary near Pitlochry.

AFB is a notifiable disease that affects colonies of honeybees. The infected hives will be destroyed as there is no permitted treatment for the disease in the UK.

The disease was confirmed on August 12 following laboratory diagnosis by Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA).

Chief Veterinary Officer for Scotland, Sheila Voas, said: ?The confirmation that AFB has been found in a colony of honeybees in Pitlochry is disappointing and a timely reminder that beekeepers should remain vigilant for signs of the disease at all times...