Symptoms of American foulbrood
Checking for symptoms
It is recommended you check for a range of symptoms, as one symptom alone may not be able to accurately determine the presence of AFB.
You can check for symptoms under the following categories:
- Compare normal worker bee development to abnormal development
- Look at the many different visual symptoms of AFB
- Please refer to our AFB photo gallery page for more visual examples of AFB
- The “foulbrood” smell of AFB
Try a practical test
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Our videos cover everything from your legal obligations to how to recognise AFB, collecting cell and bee samples and more.
There’s a lot of good information here, telling you everything you need to know about recognising AFB: the visual symptoms, smell of AFB and more.
New Zealand beekeepers have a number of legal obligations that must be met regarding AFB disease. Read the shortened list in summary, here.
Most hives become infected because bees, honey or equipment have been put into a hive from another hive that is infected with AFB. Lower your chances of an AFB infection by reading this section.
Find out when the next AFB Recognition and Competency Courses, or Refresher Courses are available. These are held throughout the year in various New Zealand locations across the South Island and North Island.