Johne´s disease (JD) is a serious disease of cattle, sheep, goats, alpaca, llama, camels and deer. It produces chronic diarrhoea or ill thrift leading to emaciation and eventually death.
Bovine Johne's disease (BJD) Queensland response information and resources for affected producers in the cattle industry.
Johne´s disease is caused by the bacteria, Mycobacterium paratuberculosis. It infects animals when they are young and only produces clinical signs of disease after several years have passed.
Owners should monitor their livestock and report any suspicious signs of diarrhoea or wasting. All reports of suspect Johne´s disease will be investigated. Diagnostic tests are conducted free-of-charge at Biosecurity Queensland veterinary laboratories.
National Control Program
The National Johne's Disease Control Program is a cooperative program involving Australian livestock industries, government and the veterinary industry. Animal Health Australia manages the program on behalf of these key stakeholders.
Last updated 24 April 2013