PORTLAND (AP) — Maine’s largest hospital is expected to resume elective surgeries after it notified the Maine Center for Disease Control of a patient suspected of having a potentially deadly prion disease.

WMTW-TV reports officials said in a letter sent to doctors who perform surgeries at Maine Medical Center in Portland that elective surgeries will resume on Friday. Full operations will resume on Monday.

The Maine CDC said they were notified by the hospital on Tuesday. Testing is underway to reach an official diagnosis. Those results are expected to be completed on Friday.

Prion diseases are rare progressive neurodegenerative disorders.

The hospital had postponed elective surgical procedures at its Bramhall campus that were scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.

The letter says hospital officials say there’s no risk of exposure to patients or staff.


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