CRIME: At least 40 Mexican police officers were injured while trying to regain control of prison facilities in Cintalapa, located in the state of Chiapas. Prison inmates were rioting as of Thursday in retaliation to an inmate being transferred out of the facility. Once the prisoners took over visiting family members were trapped inside. Over 2,100 federal and local law enforcement responded and regained control after 72 hours.
BUSINESS: Mexican currency exchanges located on the border are organizing a campaign to protest increased scrutiny and fees by the government. In an effort to stem the tide of money laundering from drug trafficking the government enacted strict limits on the amount and type of money exchanges that can occur. The protest campaign will consist of billboards and meetings with government officials.
NATURAL DISASTER: As rains continued to plague Mexico and as dams reached critical levels, Mexico announced the death of three individuals related to those rains. The three youths were herding sheep in Chiapas when a nearby lagoon overflowed. Last week a woman and her two children perished in a mudslide.
HEALTH: The country is reporting an increase in the number of hemorrhagic dengue, the more deadly form of dengue, as a result of flooding from massive rains. The floods have created a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes throughout the country with cases of dengue being reported in Vera Cruz and Tamaulipas. 1,900 cases have been reported thus far compared to 1,430 reported in all of 2009.
TRAVEL BAN: The University of Colorado has suspended its international study program to Mexico over concerns with the rising drug cartel violence. The study abroad program is held in Jalisco, Monterrey, Oaxaca and Guanajuato; no indication when studies in Mexico will resume.