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Sonora authorities call for preventive measures in response to dengue outbreak

Sonoran authorities are calling on residents to take actions to prevent the incurable mosquito-borne dengue virus.

At this point last year, there was just one confirmed case of dengue in Sonora. This year there are 63, almost entirely concentrated in the colonial city of Alamos in southern Sonora, which has a sizable expatriate population.

There have been no reported deaths in the state, though Alamos has among the highest case rates in the country, according to the most recent federal report.

Local crews have been on the hunt for mosquito breeding sites and advising local residents to either cover or empty outdoor water containers.

Born and raised in the Intermountain West, Murphy Woodhouse has called southern Arizona home for most of the last decade. He’s one of two field correspondents at KJZZ’s Hermosillo bureau, where his reporting focuses on the trade relationship between Arizona, Sonora and the rest of Mexico.Before joining the station, Murphy was a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star and the Nogales International. Prior to his reporting career, he completed a master’s degree at the University of Arizona’s Center for Latin American Studies and did three wildfire seasons with the Snake River Hotshots. He’s a proud graduate of the University of Montana’s School of Journalism.When he’s not reporting, Murphy is often out in the woods running or riding singletrack, or swinging in a hammock with a book.