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Mauritius: About 94% of the colonies of bees affected by the parasite mite Varroa

Rearing of bees in Mauritius for the extraction of honey is today under the direct threat of the Varroa parasitic insect.
According to the latest figures provided by the Ministry of agro-industry of Mauritius, about 94% of honey bee colonies are victims of the Varroa mite parasite in the West and the North of the island.
In 2013 the island of Mauritius were a little more than 250 beekeepers. The Mauritian Ministry of agribusiness if harnessed so for already several days to curb the potential threat of the Varroa with greater control of all the beekeeping of the island, as sector indicated the newspaper L'Express of Mauritius.
As a reminder, the Varroa (1.5 mm by 1 mm) insect revels in blood of bees at the larval or adult stage.
To achieve its ends, the mite pierces the skin of its victims, and disseminates viruses that can distort the wings of bees.
 However in most cases, no apparent morphological signs of infection does reveal contamination of bees.

Fabrice François

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