Prion research temporarily halted after second Creutzfeldt-Jakob case

A three-month moratorium was decided by the public research institutes following the discovery of a second case of Creutzfeldt-Jakob in a laboratory technician.

No experience with prions for the next three months. This was decided by the five French public research institutes concerned (Anses, CEA, CNRS, Inrae, Inserm), following the discovery of a case of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in a retired laboratory assistant. The latter worked during her career on prions at the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (Inrae) in Toulouse.

The suspension period put in place as of this day will make it possible to study the possibility of a link between the observed case and the person’s former professional activity and to adapt, if necessary, the preventive measures in force in the research laboratories», Explain the research organizations in a joint press release dated July 27, also signed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. Contacted by Le Figaro, the management of INRAE ​​specifies that “no work accident related to

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