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Vaccine for honeybees approved by USDA

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The United States Department of Agriculture has approved a vaccine for honeybees, the first approval of its kind, to help prevent the destruction of colonies, according to CNN. The vaccine co-manufacturer says population growth and climate change have accelerated the necessity for a new vaccine.

The vaccine is to prevent the historically incurable American foulbrood disease, a bacterial spore that can infect even the strongest members of a colony, which often results in destruction of the entire honeybee colony. The USDA calls it one of the most widespread and destructive diseases of the species.

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