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Collateral Damage: Bees Die in South Carolina Zika Spraying

Flowertown Bee Farm and Supply in Summerville "looks like it's been nuked"

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    Flowertown Bee Farm and Supplies posted on Facebook on Aug. 29 photos of dead bees at the farm.

    There's been some collateral damage in the fight against Zika - millions of honeybees in South Carolina.

    Dorchester County officials have apologized for killing the bees when the county failed to notify local beekeepers about mosquito spraying last weekend, according to local news outlets.

    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 two 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.

    The county usually notifies beekeepers before it sprays for mosquitoes. Officials say Sunday was the first time spraying had been done from the air.