“Mycobacterium Paratuberculosis” is the bacterium which causes chronic, sometimes fatal infections of the intestines in ruminants.
Symptoms: Persistent Diarrhea, weight loss, decreased milk production, “bottle jaw”.
Animals are most susceptible to infection after birth due to ingestion of infected milk or manure. Once infected, symptoms are not usually evident for several years. There is no cure.
Animals infected with JOHNES typically die due to dehydration and wasting if not culled prior.