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Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine, Center for Food Security and Public Health

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Honey Bee Medicine for the Veterinary Practitioner

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Beekeepers and honey bee veterinarians have an important role to play in ensuring the health of bees and protecting the honey bee industry. Like other social organisms, honey bees are at risk for pathogen transmission through numerous routes, and co‐infections with multiple pathogens are not uncommon. Disease management in honey bees requires a combination of best management practices that keep the bees healthy and vigorous to enhance disease resistance and biosecurity to reduce disease exposure. Knowledge and implementation of best management practices with an emphasis on good biosecurity is a beekeeper's best defense in protecting the health and vitality of their honey bee colonies. Veterinarians working in honey bee medicine have the opportunity to provide valuable professional services to clients related to biosecurity and disease prevention and management.


This is the peer-reviewed version of the following chapter: Obbink, Kristen K., and James A. Roth. "Epidemiology and Biosecurity." In Terry Ryan Kane and Cynthia M. Faux (eds.) Honey Bee Medicine for the Veterinary Practitioner (2021): 209-218, which has been published in final form at DOI: 10.1002/9781119583417.ch17. This chapter may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving. Posted with permission.

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John Wiley & Sons, Inc.



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