American Foulbrood, Hive Inspections

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Unlike most other countries, New Zealand beekeepers do not use antibiotics to control AFB (the use of drugs to control AFB is illegal under New Zealand law).  control is through managing honey bee colonies to reduce the spread of disease and the destruction of colonies that are found to have AFB.
The necessity to prevent the spread of AFB places restrictions on the way beekeepers manage their hives.  When control measures fail and disease levels get out of control, AFB can result in the complete destruction of commercial beekeeping business.
American foulbrood is the most serious honey bee disease in New Zealand.

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