Beekeeping Crisis: European Foulbrood Outbreaks Raise Concerns in Walloon Region

2023-09-26 05:23:57

Eleven outbreaks of European foulbrood, a contagious bacterial disease that attacks bee larvae, have been detected.

In the Walloon Region, outbreaks of European foulbrood, a contagious bacterial disease which attacks bee larvae, have been detected. Afsca carried out checks. “The inspector does an initial analysis. In the event of positive feedback, it carries out a second, more advanced check and in the event of contamination of more than 50% of the apiary, we carry out total destruction,” declares Kathy Brison, spokesperson for Afsca to our colleagues at TvLux.

Eleven outbreaks were located, two in Liège, eight in the province of Luxembourg, including one on the site of the black bee fertilization station. The site has been blocked by Afsca for three months for eradication.

The association, supported by several veterinarians, denounces this measure as “too radical”. “Destroying the entire herd because we detected a few cases is completely outdated,” declares Martin Dermine, veterinarian and recognized beekeeping specialist. For the association, the fight through eradication is all the more inadequate as European foulbrood is an endemic disease which has always been present on Belgian lands.

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