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Information received on 19/10/2020 from Dr Roberto Andrea Balbo, Director (Veterinary Regulation) Chief Veterinary Officer, Veterinary and Phytosanitary Regulation Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights, Marsa, Malta
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 15/10/2020
Date of confirmation of the event 15/10/2020
Report date 19/10/2020
Date submitted to OIE 19/10/2020
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 03/10/2019
Manifestation of disease Sub-clinical infection
Causal agent Melissococcus plutonius
Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (basic)
This event pertains to the whole country
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 Mellieha, Malta, Malta
Date of start of the outbreak 15/10/2020
Outbreak status Resolved (15/10/2020)
Epidemiological unit Apiary
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Bees (hives) 1 1 0 1 0
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Bees (hives) 1 1 0 1 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% 100.00%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Stamping out
  • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • No other measures
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
National Veterinary Laboratory (National laboratory) Bees monoclonal antibodies (Mab) test 15/10/2020 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations