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  1. Johnes disease(Noun)

    A chronic, contagious and often fatal disease of cattle, sheep and goats, caused by the intestinal bacterium Mycobacterium paratuberculosis, characterized by inflammation of the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal tract

  2. Origin: For Dr. H.A.Johne, German pathologist

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  1. Paratuberculosis

    Paratuberculosis or Johne's disease is a contagious, chronic and sometimes fatal infection that primarily affects the small intestine of ruminants. It is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis. Infections normally affect ruminants, but have also been seen in a variety of nonruminant species, including rabbits, foxes and birds. Horses, dogs and nonhuman primates have been infected experimentally. Paratuberculosis is found worldwide, with some states in Australia as the only areas proven to be free of the disease. Some sources define "paratuberculosis" by the lack of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, rather than the presence of any specific infectious agent, leaving ambiguous the appropriateness of the term to describe Buruli ulcer or Lady Windermere syndrome.

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