There are a number of diseases affecting bees, some more serious than others. They are not infectious to humans but dangerous for the bee.

There are certain diseases that are notifiable to the Government.

Some of the most serious AFB (American Foul Brood) and EFB (European Foul Brood) are normally treated by destroying the colony (UK). If left they can spread throughout out the whole apiary and affect surrounding beekeepers. Spores from AFB can remain dormant for over 50 years in old beekeeping equipment and cause problems decades later.

The most alarming threat to honey bees in the UK right now is the invasion of Asian Hornet. Please see here to learn how to help beekeepers by being aware of them and keeping an eye out.