Sonora reported its first cases of monkeypox this week as cases continue to rise across the country. Sonoran health officials announced Wednesday that the state had confirmed its first cases of monkeypox in two men, ages 21 and 54.
Three people died in Nogales, Sonora, this weekend as streets flooded amid heavy rains. Flooding has long been an issue in the city, and leaders say they are preparing to fund major infrastructure projects to address the situation.
Cartels unleashed mayhem in four Mexican states last week, burning cars, blocking roads and killing at least a dozen people. But on Monday, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador downplayed the significance of the week’s events.
This week, Mexico’s president announced plans to move the country’s National Guard under the control of the Defense Ministry, causing concern over increasing militarization of the nation’s public safety forces.
The continued survival of a small porpoise in Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California may indicate that the few remaining members of the species have learned how to escape from fishing nets. But experts warn that it will still become extinct if it’s not protected from those nets.
Mexico’s foreign minister met with Bolivian officials this week to discuss lithium collaboration. Mexico has been working to nationalize lithium deposits in the country, including in neighboring Sonora.
A rare northern jaguar last documented in Arizona in 2015 has been spotted on camera in neighboring Sonora. Conservation groups point to the sighting as evidence of continued cross-border connectivity for the species.