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American foulbrood (AFB)

What is American foulbrood?

  1. A viral disease affecting bee brood, it is highly contagious and has a long life span.
  2. A brood disease of honey bees caused by the spore-forming bacterium, Paenibacillus larvae. 
  3. The spore stage of the bacterium can remain viable for many years, making is difficult to eliminate the disease.
  4. A brood disease of honey bees caused by the spore-forming bacterium, Bacillus larvae.
  5. A bacterial disease that kills bee brood
  6. A bacterial disease of honey bee larvae
  7. A spore-forming bacterial disease infecting larvae honey bees that is controlled by antibiotics administered by beekeepers, or by the destruction through burning of the infected bees and the equipment they inhabited.
  8. An extremely contagious disease of bees that affects them in the larval (worm) stage of development caused by the bacteria Bacillus larvae.
  9. A brood disease of honey bees caused by the spore-forming bacterium Paenibacillus (formerly Bacillus) larvae.



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