Small hive beetle infestation (Aethina tumida),
Information received on 23/02/2016 from Dr Figueiredo Marques Guilherme Henrique , Director, Departamento de Saúde Animal , Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuaria e Abastecimento , Brasilia, Brazil
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 01/03/2015
Date of confirmation of the event 16/02/2016
Report date 23/02/2016
Date submitted to OIE 23/02/2016
Date event resolved 06/09/2017
Reason for notification First occurrence of a listed disease in the country
Causal agent Aethina tumida
Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (basic)
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (23/02/2016)
Follow-up report No. 1 (22/04/2016)
Follow-up report No. 2 (14/06/2016)
Follow-up report No. 3 (27/06/2016)
Follow-up report No. 4 (29/07/2016)
Follow-up report No. 5 (02/09/2016)
Follow-up report No. 6 (13/09/2016)
Follow-up report No. 7 (30/09/2016)
Follow-up report No. 8 (07/11/2016)
Follow-up report No. 9 (22/11/2016)
Follow-up report No. 10 (11/01/2017)
Follow-up report No. 11 (18/04/2017)
Follow-up report No. 12 (06/09/2017)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 (35387090008) Piracicaba, Sao Paulo
Date of start of the outbreak 01/03/2015
Outbreak status Resolved (13/04/2016)
Epidemiological unit Apiary
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Bees (hives) 46 1 0 1 0
Affected population In March 2016, there was only a hive of Apis mellifera, and 42 stingless bees. The hive was weak and infested by beetles and was destroyed by burning. No new beetles were detected through monitoring in April. The outbreak was closed.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Bees (hives) 46 1 0 1 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Bees (hives) 2.17% 0.00% 0.00% 2.17%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Epidemiological comments In May 2015, beetle specimens were sent to an expert in taxonomy of beetles at the University of São Paulo for taxonomic identification The result of the preliminary identification was communicated to the official veterinary service only in December 2015 and the species Aethina tumida never reported in the country was indicated. Then investigations to confirm the agent and to assess the extent of infestation began. Beetles samples were sent to another laboratory of Entomology, which confirmed the species Aethina tumida in February 2016. The investigation in the hives currently present in the initial local detection did not show the presence of the beetle. Epidemiological investigations are on-going within a 20 km radius of the location where the first infested hive was detected. In an apiary in a neighboring municipality, adults of a similar beetle were detected. They were sent for identification. The property is interdicted until confirmation and the radius of investigation was extended. Meetings with representatives of associations of beekeepers and industries related to the sector of beekeeping were carried out on the guidance regarding detection, notification and prevention /control measures of the spread of the agent.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
  • Quarantine
  • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • Modified stamping out
  • Disinfection / Disinfestation
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
Biological Institute of São Paulo (Local laboratory) Bees entomological investigations 16/02/2016 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations