US screens more staff in China over mystery health issues

Sonic attack warning issued as US citizens fall ill in China | Daily Star

Earlier, the United States embassy in China issued a health alert today after a U.S. government employee experienced an "abnormal" sound and suffered a mild brain injury - in an incident reminiscent of a mysterious illness that hit diplomats in Cuba.

It also advised any U.S. citizen, or their family members, who experience "any unusual, unexplained physical symptoms or events, auditory or sensory phenomena, or other health concerns" to contact their doctor. Most of the incidents were accompanied by freakish, unexplained sounds that initially led USA investigators to suspect a sonic attack.

The State Department previously issued a travel alert for Americans in China, prompting Foreign Minister Wang Yi to warn Washington not to "politicize" the incidents.

The employee first reported symptoms associated with concussions and "minor traumatic brain injury", which include cognitive issues, headaches, hearing loss, insomnia and tinnitus, on May 16.

Mark Lenzi, a Foreign Service officer who was evacuated from Guangzhou this week along with his wife and 3-year-old son, described the noise as something like "marbles bouncing and hitting a floor, then rolling on an incline with a static sound".

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

The medical screenings are ongoing for any personnel who have noted concerning symptoms or wanted baseline screening, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said. State Division spokeswoman Heather Nauert mentioned "quite a few people" had been delivered to the US however did not say what number of had been affected or evacuated. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing has issued two warnings for Americans in the country to watch out for unexplained illnesses.

The United States has evacuated several more government workers out of the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou after medical testing revealed they might have been affected by unexplained health incidents that have already hurt USA personnel in Cuba, the State Department said Wednesday. The U.S. authorities has deemed these incidents "particular assaults" on American employees however hasn't publicly recognized a trigger or wrongdoer.

The Embassy Beijing and five US consulates in China, she said, held "townhall meetings" on May 23 "to allow employees to ask questions and raise concerns directly with senior leadership".

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In September, the State Department issued a health warning to us citizens in Cuba after at least 21 diplomats fell ill with similar symptoms after hearing odd sounds.

"At this time, 24 USA government personnel and family members who served in Cuba have been medically-confirmed as having symptoms and clinical findings similar to those noted following concussion or minor traumatic brain injury".

The Penn group mentioned the sufferers from Cuba skilled persistent incapacity although rehabilitation remedy custom-made for them appeared to assist.

In April, Canada also ordered families of diplomatic staff in Cuba to return home after mysterious health symptoms were detected in 10 Canadians stationed on the island.

As part of its response, the United States also expelled 17 Cuban diplomats from Washington, and issued a travel alert for USA visitors to the island. It is also the only USA diplomatic installation in China authorized to process immigrant visas and handle adoptions.

People working in The Canton Place complex, a few kilometres from the consulate, said they were just hearing about the incidents, reflecting a lack of coverage in China's state-controlled media.

Linda Chen, who runs a espresso store within the space, mentioned she was mystified as to why exclusively sure individuals appeared to have been affected in an space recognized for its consolation and security.

"For me I feel it's very odd".

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