China’s travel advisory is to remain in place until the end of the year, according to a statement released Friday by the country’s Ministry of Public Security.
Travelers in the country were advised to check with local health authorities about any travel or medical issues, and to refrain from traveling if they have symptoms of Zika.
The ministry also urged all citizens in China to stay home from September 18, when the mosquito season begins.
The ministry said China has recorded about 3,000 confirmed cases and 12,000 probable cases of Zika, the second highest number of Zika-related deaths in the world, after Colombia.
The latest death toll comes from Colombia’s capital, Bogota, where two people died Thursday, according the Colombian government.
The Colombian government says more than 1,200 people have been diagnosed with the virus in the past two weeks.
The U.S. has recorded 1,611 confirmed Zika cases, including 1,972 cases in Texas, the largest outbreak in the U.A.E.
The health ministry said that as of Friday, China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission reported that about 1,500 Zika cases were confirmed in the first half of 2018.