The suggested solution which we raised to the club was to provide an extractor specifically for the extraction of contaminated material that also meets the maximum dimensions outlined by Steritech (eg. a small 2 frame manual extractor). This extractor could be loaned as part of the remediation process and quarantined separately to the other equipment made available to local beekeepers.
It was also raised that an irradiation schedule should be maintained for loaned equipment.
These solutions were also communicated to the ACT Chief Vet on consultation regarding potential future approaches for reducing the impact of AFB outbreaks in the region.
Specifically on the subject of AFB with extractors, the NZ AFB site lists shared extractors as ‘unlikely to be a major factor’ in the spread of AFB.
The honey extractor is also unlikely to be a major factor. Infected honey may be transferred between frames during the extracting process, however the amount will be insignificant compared with the amount contained on a wet super coming directly from an AFB infected hive.