State Department sends personnel for screenings in USA after China acoustic incident

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

They are in addition to a United States worker in Guangzhou who was evacuated earlier, as the Trump administration had already disclosed. "We are in contact with USA officials and are closely monitoring developments".

Lenzi told the Times he lived in the same flat tower as the officer who had been evacuated in April and that he had suffered in recent months from what he called "neurological symptoms".

The updated statement, sent by email, changed the location of the health alert to "countrywide" from Guangzhou.

The New York Times reported that at least two employees removed from China experienced unusual noises while there. He said they had not put them together until the State Department issued the health alert last month.

The medical mystery further strained relations with Cuba and resulted in the USA expelling Cuban diplomats.

Symptoms include dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, fatigue, cognitive issues, visual problems, ear complaints and hearing loss, as well as difficulty sleeping, the warning said.

After several months of frustrating non-responses from Cuban officials, then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pulled almost all of the US embassy staff out of Havana, a step that has soured relations between the Trump administration and the Cuban government.

The State Department acknowledged the Lenzi incident late last month.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced the creation of a special task force to investigate the incidents.

The incidents have raised concerns that a government or agency may be targeting the USA with a new type of sonic weapon. "The health, safety, and well-being of USA government employees and their family members are our greatest concern".

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Global Affairs Canada is working to determine if any Canadian diplomats in southern China have been affected by a mysterious ailment that has already sickened a number of American diplomats and bears similarities to the unexplained illness suffered by Canadian and USA government workers in Cuba.

The Penn team said that the patients from Cuba experienced persistent disability, though rehabilitation therapy customised for them seemed to help.

A USA official, who wasn't authorized to discuss the situation publicly and requested anonymity, said the evacuated American government workers were being brought from China for testing to the University of Pennsylvania.

"If there's really a problem then the United States side can directly contact the Chinese side and communicate, and China will continue to conscientiously investigate and coordinate with a responsible attitude", Hua said.

One US official was diagnosed with mild brain trauma, the same injury that affected the Cuban embassy staff. Cuba does not have an adversarial relationship with Canada, but Ottawa and Moscow have recently clashed over Canadian sanctions.

The State Department has said it suspects the stricken diplomats in Cuba were purposely targeted for an attack.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) complained that the State Department violated the law by waiting nearly a year before setting up an ARB, rather than the 60 to 120 days after an incident that the law requires.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry responded to concerns regarding the reports on Thursday by assuring reporters that China is taking the situation seriously, though describing the events as "so-called sonic waves".

The team arrived earlier this week, and Nauert said the medical screenings were ongoing.

"Relevant authorities of China have conducted investigations and given the feedback to the US".

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