Back from The Vet: Johne’s Disease

What treatment options do you have for Johne's disease in goats?

Back from The Vet: Johne’s Disease
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 5 minutes It can lurk in your herd for years without causing any signs of illness. It can spread rapidly from animal to animal, infecting an entire herd. When animals do show signs of infection, there is no treatment or method to slow the progression of the disease. It is often fatal. There is no vaccine available to prevent it. What is this insidious disease?  Johne’s disease, or Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis, is a bacterial infection of goats and other ruminants. It is contagious and fatal. The bacteria can survive in the environment for several months and is resistant to heat, cold, drying, and moisture. Though the prevalence of Johne’s is not well established in goat herds, some studies indicate that up to 50+% of herds may have Johne’s-infected animals. Dairy cattle herds have the highest prevalence, with 68% of herds having an animal test positive for the disease. The infection is

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