Johne's Disease is a chronic, contagious enteritis characterized by persistent and progressive diarrhea, weight loss, debilitation, and eventually death. It is caused by a bacteria named Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis. It affects cattle, sheep, goats, llamas, camels, farmed deer, and other domestic, exotic, and wild ruminants. It also has been recognized in wild rabbits.
Minnesota dairy and beef producers are invited to participate in a voluntary control program for Johne's Disease. The purpose of the voluntary program is to help producers eliminate the disease from their herds and prevent introduction of the disease from other sources.
To enroll in the program, contact the Board of Animal Health at 651-201-6810.