By Amy KiblerThe Washington TimesNew York City, May 25, 2018—The honey bee outbreak that has gripped the United States is not an isolated phenomenon, as researchers and health officials around the country are trying to figure out what is causing the outbreaks.
Honey bees are a vital part of the food chain.
They are pollinating plants and fruits that help grow crops and produce honey, and bees provide pollination services for farms, cities and hotels.
It is estimated that bees contribute to the production of over $1 trillion in annual food, clothing, and other goods, and about one-third of U.S. agriculture.
In the summer of 2018, scientists in Pennsylvania began seeing more than 3,300 cases of a rare parasitic infection that causes symptoms similar to the flu.
This virus was also spreading across the nation.
“It was just the beginning of a trend,” said Dr. Paul DeCarlo, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a senior scientist at the U.K.-based University of California, San Diego.
“The honey bees and the hives were the beginning.”
Dr. DeCarloes team, which is affiliated with the University and the U of Pennsylvania, has now collected and sequenced more than 7 million genome sequences of the honey bees.
They have also identified the genetic make-up of the viruses that are circulating, and they are using those to develop new treatments.
They are hoping to develop a vaccine, and then test it on people, he said.
The goal is to develop it in people who are already infected with the virus, so that the vaccine will be administered to them at the same time as people with the symptoms.
Scientists at Johns Hopkins University, which published the first report of the virus in March, are also conducting the first clinical trials to test the vaccine on people who have not yet been vaccinated.
In March, a team of scientists at the Mayo Clinic and the National Institutes of Health, led by Dr. Robert Wood, said they would begin testing people with symptoms in the U, U.N. Children’s Hospital, and at the California Department of Public Health.
That team is expected to begin testing some of the people in March.
The United States has had a mild honey bee population since the 1960s, and the virus that causes the symptoms has not been seen in this population for decades.
However, honey bee populations have also been severely affected by the coronavirus that started in Europe in 2003.
The U.F.O. virus was first discovered in a laboratory in China in 1999.
It has spread rapidly across China, where it killed about 300 million people.
In response, China began banning commercial beekeeping.
But in December, the U., U.C.I.L. announced plans to ban beekeeping in some parts of the country.
The virus was found in the lungs of a honey bee and then in the homing of infected bees.
The U.U.N., in response, declared a national emergency and set up a global response.
The scientists at Johns and Johns Hopkins are collaborating on the new study of the viral genome.
This is a project that will take several years to complete, and will likely take years longer to make it to humans, said Drs.
Daniela Alvarado-Krebs, director of the Johns Hopkins Infectious Diseases Unit and professor of molecular biology, and Daniela Carreras, director and senior scientific advisor at Johns.
They expect to publish results in March 2019.
“This is a big step forward in our efforts to understand what is happening in the honey bee community,” said Alvarados-Kresbs, who has also worked on the U-K.
“There is a lot of excitement in the scientific community, but we still don’t know what is going on.”