Rabies case confirmed from dead raccoon found in St. Stephen

The mayor of St. Stephen, N.B., says tests have confirmed a badly decomposed raccoon found earlier this summer had rabies.

Mayor Allan MacEachern says the raccoon was found on July 31 and there was enough spinal cord tissue to allow the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to conduct the testing.

It's the fourth confirmed case of rabies in the province this year and the 31st case since 2014.

MacEachern says the area where the raccoon was found and surrounding areas have been heavily baited again with rabies vaccine, but he is still warning residents to be cautious of any wild animals that are acting strangely.