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Paratuberculosis is an infectious disease that has emerged to become one of the leading causes of economic loss to the dairy cattle and small ruminant industries. In recognition of this, the International Dairy Federation created a Task Force to compile the latest information concerning the diagnosis and control of the disease, the biology of the agent Mycobacterium paratuberculosis, and issues related to manufacturing of dairy products from infected animals.
Two products result from the Task Force’s work: IDF Bulletin No. 362/2001 and an International Symposium on Diagnosis and Control of Paratuberculosis held in Brussels, 27 January 2001. These proceedings summarize material presented at the Symposium.
There were over 170 people representing 27 countries attending the meeting. In addition to the four international speakers on diagnosis and control of paratuberculosis, presentation of short reports on research, diagnosis and control activities going on in 13 countries (Australia, USA, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Italy, Iceland, Israel) are presented.