Probe into how French laboratory worker died from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

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Émilie, a 33-year-old laboratory technician, died in June 2018 from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the human variant of so-called mad cow disease. Her family has now lodged an official complaint of manslaughter and endangering lives against France's national agricultural research institute, INRA, where the young woman was working when she contracted the disease. The evidence suggests that there were health and safety failings on the part of this prestigious institute. Meanwhile the Ministry of Education, which oversees the research body, has launched an investigation. Pascale Pascariello reports.

 

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A young laboratory worker has died after an accident at work in which she contracted a variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Émilie, aged 33, who died on June 17th 2019, had been working at France's agricultural research institute, the Institut National de Recherche Agronomique (INRA), at the time of the accident which took place nine years ago. Mediapart has learnt that the woman's husband and her parents have now lodged a formal complaint against the institute for “manslaughter” and “endangering the life of another person”. These claims are being examined by the prosecution authorities at Versailles near Paris.