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Model of dangerous bee disease in Jersey provides tool in fight against honeybee infections
Date:9/16/2013

ried out on a honeybee disease epidemic that we are aware of."

The model suggests that just under half of the 2010 Jersey infection spread was attributed to transmission by owners between their own hives.

The researchers suggest that distance between colonies was another important factor in the spread of the disease, with the disease mostly spreading between hives less than 2km apart.

The model also simulated the impact of different control strategies on controlling the epidemic and found that the measures taken by authorities in Jersey at the time to inspect and destroy infected colonies were the most effective.

However their model suggested an earlier intervention would have made disease extinction more likely.

The researchers hope now to expand their model to investigate the spread of European Foulbrood, a more common bee disease in the UK. They also believe the same technique can be applied to the Varroa parasite.

Dr Datta said: "Using just two snapshots of data we have been able to reconstruct this epidemic, and we are confident that our technique can be applied to a wide range of other outbreak scenarios."


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Contact: Anna Blackaby
a.blackaby@warwick.ac.uk
44-024-765-75910
University of Warwick
Source:Eurekalert

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