What is Johne’s Disease?

Johne’s disease is an infectious bacterial gut disease of cattle and other ruminants. Cattle usually become infected during the early weeks of life following the consumption of milk or food contaminated with the bacteria, which are shed in the dung or milk of infected adult cattle. Infection develops slowly and the signs of disease vary depending upon the stage of infection but begin with reduced productivity followed by weight loss, scour and ultimately emaciation and death.

 

Associated Programmes BVD Programme Johne's Disease Programme

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