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United States evacuates more staff from China over mysterious illness

10 June, 2018, 08:24 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Sonic attack warning issued as US citizens fall ill in China | Daily Star

Last year, 24 us government employees and family members in Cuba displayed the symptoms, which were similar to those related to concussion and mild traumatic brain injury, according to the State Department.

The message urges staff and family members to contact their health care provider if they experience "any unusual, unexplained physical symptoms or events, auditory or sensory phenomena, or other health concerns". Initially, the US investigators suspected a sonic attack after people complained of freakish, unexplained sounds.

The unexplained sound ailing dozens of diplomats in Cuba may be getting worse in China - and the State Department has launched a task force to find out why. The symptoms included dizziness, nausea, headaches, hearing loss, and inability to concentrate.

A new medical mystery affecting USA diplomatic workers, this time in China, is deepening.

She said they are being offered to "any personnel who have noted concerning symptoms or wanted baseline screening".

On Wednesday, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the employees were sent to the US for a "further evaluation and a comprehensive assessment of their symptoms and findings". In 2016, 24 people - all embassy workers and their families there - suffered the same symptoms at the US embassy in Havana, Cuba.

A number of U.S. personnel in China have been sent back to the U.S. for further tests after health screenings found symptoms similar to the mysterious "acoustic" illness experienced by some U.S. staffers in Cuba, according to the U.S. State Department. USA diplomats had experienced similar symptoms in Cuba, and the United States said the Americans were targets of "specific attacks" there.

The foreign ministry said it takes its obligation to protect foreign diplomats seriously and is open to conducting further investigations if requested by the U.S.

The latest American employee evacuated from a US consulate in China after suffering from mysterious neurological symptoms is accusing State Department officials of failing to inform him and others about another employee's similar health concerns until a month after the other staffer was evacuated.

The people suffering from these symptoms have been treated by brain injury specialists at the University of Pennsylvania, who reported in the medical journal JAMA that they found cognitive, balance, and oculomotor abnormalities in most of the group from Cuba.

Canada in April additionally ordered households of diplomatic employees in Cuba to return residence after mysterious well being signs had been detected in 10 Canadians stationed on the island.

Canada said that the 10 continued to show unexplained brain symptoms and that "medical information raised concerns for a new type of a possible acquired brain injury".

The China incidents have an effect on some of the vital of the seven USA diplomatic outposts within the nation.

Pompeo had previously said on May 23 the Guangzhou incident was very similar to the mysterious sound-related illnesses experienced by United States personnel in Cuba in 2016 and 2017, a statement which was reiterated by his department on Wednesday. It is also the only USA diplomatic installation in China authorized to process immigrant visas and handle adoptions.

Aled Williams, a British instructor at a kindergarten mentioned Thursday that the experiences sounded "sci-fi-ish".

Linda Chen, who runs a coffee shop in the area, said she was mystified as to why only certain people seemed to have been affected in an area known for its comfort and safety. "But I don't feel that there's something to be very afraid of because it's probably a very special case", Chen said.

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