Spain’s Prime Minister said on Thursday that the European Union and its member states need to work together to combat a pandemic that has killed thousands in the Caribbean.
Spain is the world’s second-most populous country after Brazil.
It has the highest rate of maternal deaths and has been grappling with a spike in Zika-related birth defects in recent months.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has urged his country’s 300 million citizens to take precautions and said it was a priority to protect its citizens.
Spain and the European Commission have both issued alerts for Spanish residents to stay home.
But a few days later, the EU issued a more extensive advisory.
Spain said Thursday that it had not yet received the latest CDC alert but that it would be taking measures to reduce the risk of infection.
In its latest guidance, the Commission said that Spain should make its public transportation network more efficient, increase its use of air travel and reduce travel to areas with Zika transmission.
The EU has already asked for a similar update from Spain.
The Spanish government is also working with its European partners to boost the number of people living in areas where Zika is spreading.
In a press conference on Thursday, Rajoy called for all Spaniards living in the region to register and to report any cases.
“If you’re at risk of contracting Zika you have to register,” Rajoy said.
The government is trying to increase the number people living within the region’s borders.
“It’s very important that the whole region is informed,” said Elisa Martín, a health minister.