What is meant by quarantine?

While there are many management practices that can affect the incidence of AFB, the basic principle involved in altering these practices to reduce and eventually eliminate the disease is “quarantine”. Quarantine is a term used to describe the isolation of things that might carry a disease so that the disease will not have a chance to spread. Quarantine is a well-proven means of disease control, both in humans and animals. It has been shown in New Zealand to be very effective in the control and elimination of AFB.

The three main types of quarantine that can be usefully applied to honey bees, are hiveapiary and area quarantine. They all serve to limit the impact of hive management on the spread of AFB.