Bacteria in milk linked to arthritis and Crohn's

Wednesday, 07 February, 2018


About half the cows in the US carry the bacteria Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (known as MAP), which has recently been linked to the development of rheumatoid arthritis in people who are genetically at risk.

Consumption of infected milk, beef or produce fertilised by cow manure can all introduce the bacteria to humans.

This University of Central Florida study follows on from research establishing that MAP also triggers Crohn’s disease in susceptible people. Crohn’s and rheumatoid arthritis share the same genetic predispositions and both are often treated using the same types of immunosuppressive drugs.'

Pictured: Saleh Naser, UCF infectious disease specialist.

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