updated 2/20/2009 5:07:14 PM ET 2009-02-20T22:07:14

The U.S. State Department has renewed a travel advisory warning Americans about an increase in violence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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The alert does not recommend staying away from the country or any particular part of it, but advises American to stay away from prostitution and drug-dealing areas.

It recommends visiting only legitimate business and tourist areas.

The alert issued Friday says violent crime is particularly worrisome along the U.S.-Mexico border, where automatic weapons and grenades have been used in clashes between police and drug traffickers.

More than 6,000 people were killed in drug violence in Mexico last year.

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