Varroosis of honey bees,
Fiji
Information received on 09/11/2018 from Mr Hillary Kumwenda, Chief Executive Officer, Biosecurity Authority of Fiji, Ministry of Public Enterprises, SUVA, Fiji
Summary
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 30/10/2018
Date of confirmation of the event 30/10/2018
Report date 09/11/2018
Date submitted to OIE 09/11/2018
Date event resolved 29/01/2019
Reason for notification First occurrence of a listed disease in the country
Causal agent Varroa mite
Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Laboratory (basic)
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (09/11/2018)
Follow-up report No. 1 (16/11/2018)
Follow-up report No. 2 (27/11/2018)
Follow-up report No. 3 (30/11/2018)
Follow-up report No. 4 (07/12/2018)
Follow-up report No. 5 (17/12/2018)
Follow-up report No. 6 (24/12/2018)
Follow-up report No. 7 (31/12/2018)
Follow-up report No. 8 (15/01/2019)
Follow-up report No. 9 (29/01/2019)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 Tamavua (Latter Day Saints School), Naitasiri, Fiji
Date of start of the outbreak 30/10/2018
Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit Apiary
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Bees (hives) 1 1 0 0 0
Affected population Latter Day Saints School located in Tamavua, Fiji, has one beehive which was suspected to be infested with mites. Biosecurity Authority of Fiji''s Veterinary team conducted surveillance at the area and collected mite samples from infested beehive for identification purposes.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Bees (hives) 1 1 0 0 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Bees (hives) 100.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Epidemiology
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Epidemiological comments Biosecurity Authority of Fiji's Veterinary team conducted surveillance at the Latter Day Saints School located in Tamavua, Fiji to confirm suspicious mite infestation in one beehive (the school only has one beehive). Mite samples were collected from the beehive and upon clinical and laboratory identification were confirmed to be varroa mites. Mite samples will be sent to the Plant and Health Environment Laboratory, New Zealand, on 10th November 2018 for advance identification purposes.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Surveillance outside containment and/or protection zone
  • Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
  • Screening
  • Traceability
  • Quarantine
  • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • Selective killing and disposal
  • Zoning
  • Disinfestation
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
Post Entry Quarantine Laboratory, Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (Local laboratory) Bees entomological investigations 30/10/2018 Positive
Post Entry Quarantine Laboratory, Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (Local laboratory) Bees microscopic examination 30/10/2018 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations