2.2. Application of definitions associated with honey bee colony loss

1. The case definitions for use in surveillance are based on available epidemiological data summarizing what is currently known about the magnitude and spatial distribution of honey bee colony losses. Countries may need to adapt case definitions depending on their own situation.

2. The case definitions have been developed to help national authorities classify and track cases.

3. The case definitions are not intended to provide complete descriptions of the symptomatology of lost colonies but rather to standardize reporting of these losses.

4. The case definitions will describe the symptoms of dwindling and lost colonies and the timeframe of observation during which honey bee colony losses occurred.