Maine Patient Has Suspected Flesh-Eating Virus

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A patient is suspected of suffering from a rare flesh-eating virus in Maine, hospital officials said Wednesday.

The Maine Medical Center in Portland announced that the patient may have a "pathogen-based condition known as prion disease."

No diagnosis has been confirmed.

The hospital says it is following and exceeding protocol after consulting with the Centers for Disease Control. Elective surgeries at the Bramhall campus scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday are being postponed.

The Maine Department of Health issued a statement reassuring residents that the hospital is taking every precaution.

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