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South Carolina Honeybees Killed Accidentally in Fight Against Zika

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Honeybees are seen at the J & P Apiary and Gentzel's Bees, Honey and Pollination Company on May 19, 2015, in Homestead, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Friday, 02 Sep 2016 05:56 AM

Millions of honeybees have been killed in South Carolina in the fight against the Zika virus after officials didn't notify beekeepers about spraying for mosquitoes.

Dorchester County officials have apologized for killing the honeybees, The Associated Press reported.

Four travel-related cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed in the county northwest of Charleston. Aerial mosquito spraying operations were conducted Sunday morning.

Flowertown Bee Farm and Supply in Summerville lost more than 2 million bees. Company co-owner Juanita Stanley says the farm "looks like it's been nuked." Andrew Macke, a hobby beekeeper, says he lost thousands of bees.

Usually, the South Carolina county notifies beekeepers before it sprays for mosquitoes. Sunday's unfortunate honeybee-killing incident was the first time spraying had been done from the air, officials said.

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Millions of honeybees have been killed in South Carolina in the fight against the Zika virus after officials didn't notify beekeepers about spraying for mosquitoes.
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