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JOHNE'S INFORMATION CENTER - University of Wisconsin Ñ School of Veterinary Medicine



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Thursday, November 1, 2018
Is Crohn’s disease actually just Johne’s disease?

Dr. William C Davis, Professor, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA provides his views in a commentary published in the September 2018 issue of the journal EC Gastroenterology and Digestive System (volume 5, issue 9: 752-758). The full open access article, titled: Why is the Obvious not Obvious, it is Johne’s Disease (Paratuberculosis) not Crohn’s Disease, is available at the link below.

Dr. Davis provides an excellent synopsis of the history of Johne’s disease and Crohn’s disease and postulates that humans may have actually been the source of the infection for domesticated animals. He further suggests that Johne’s disease and Crohn’s disease, when diagnostics provided evidence of MAP infection, both be simply called paratuberculosis, noting that validated MAP diagnostics for use in humans are lacking. Dr. Davis, a prominent veterinary immunologist, is hopeful that recent advances in vaccine design and delivery may soon provide a vital tool for control of this infection for the benefit of animal health and welfare and protection of humans from this zoonotic bacterial pathogen.

Link to the full Open Access article.