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Haiti: State Department issues new travel advisory

US government has strengthened its travel warning for the Caribbean island nation.

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A child walks through damaged fields in Leogane, south of Port-au-Prince, one day after Hurricane Sandy passed through Haiti on October 27, 2012. (Thony Belizaire /AFP/Getty Images)

The State Department has issued a new and revised travel advisory for Haiti.

The Associated Press reported the warning tells US citizens traveling to the Caribbean island nation to be on the alert for "robbery, lawlessness, infectious disease and poor medical facilities."

"[Americans] have been victims of violent crime, including murder and kidnapping, predominantly in the area around the Port-au-Prince area. No one is safe from kidnapping, regardless of occupation, nationality, race, gender, or age," the State Department said.

The new advisory released on Friday replaces the previous one from June, the AP wrote.

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"Thousands of US citizens safely visit Haiti each year, but the poor state of Haiti's emergency response network should be carefully considered when planning travel," explained the advisory. "Travelers to Haiti are encouraged to use organizations that have solid infrastructure, evacuation, and medical support options in place."

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