Bacterium believed to play role in Crohn's disease identified

09/17/2004 | MSNBC

Researchers say they have identified a bacterium called MAP that may cause intestinal illness in cattle and sheep and could also cause Crohn's disease in humans. Bacteria has never before been identified in the blood of Crohn's patients, and the researchers said there is strong evidence that the MAP bacterium may be responsible for the intestinal disease that affects about a million people worldwide.

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