The US State Department has issued a travel advisory for Mexico, saying that travelers to the country should "exercise increased caution" in general and avoid several states altogether. "Violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, are widespread, according to the advisory issued Wednesday. Among the states listed as "do not travel" are Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas. "The US government has limited ability to provide emergency services to US citizens in many areas of Mexico as US government employees are prohibited from travel to these areas," the advisory says.
The updated travel advisory was prompted by a security alert by the US Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, per a State Department spokesperson, Time reports. Also this week, Mexican authorities found eight dead bodies in Cancun, which is in the state of Quintana Roo, USA Today reports. Among the grisly discoveries, according to reports, were the dismembered bodies of two men, a man found dead in a hammock, the bodies of a man and woman in the trunk of a taxi, two men shot to death, and a body that had been decapitated. None of the killings took place in Cancun's beachside resort area, according to reports. Quintana Roo is under a Level 2 advisory, "exercise increased caution." (Read more Mexico stories.)