Johne's Disease (An Emerging Disease of Oklahoma City)
This fact sheet describes the clinical signs, diagnosis, prevalence, and prevention of Johne's disease in Oklahoma. Johne's Disease (pronounced yo-nee's) is a disease of the intestinal tract of cattle and other ruminants. It is caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium Para tuberculosis, acid fast bacteria very similar to the organism that causes tuberculosis in man and animals. The organism M. Para tuberculosis, however, only causes intestinal disease in ruminants. The greatest economic impact occurs in cattle, even though sheep, goats, llamas, and possibly other ruminants may also become infected and exhibit symptoms.