Case of rabies confirmed in southwestern N.B.

A case of rabies has been confirmed in the province – the first in a year.

The Department of Natural Resources tells CTV Atlantic that test results from a striped skunk discovered last week in Waweig have come back positive.

The province says the skunk had come in contact with porcupine quills – a sign that points to a high risk of rabies.

The infection was last confirmed nearly a year ago in a raccoon found in the same area of Charlotte County.

There have been 26 confirmed cases since 2014, but officials say the frequency has decreased due to the vaccination program.

With files from CTV Atlantic