State Dept: US Diplomats in Cuba Getting Medical Exams Following Sonic Attack


The evacuation occured a few weeks after the State Department disclosed on May 23 that a USA government employee stationed in Guangzhou reported experiencing "vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure, "NPR reported".

The working alongside China to uncover the source of the "abnormal sounds".

For its part, China says it has no information concerning the illnesses.

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However, he indicated that the precise nature of the health problems has not been determined nor it is known if there is a common cause for the cases registered in the Caribbean island or in China.

These are "potentially new cases" of a mystery illness that has plagued embassy employees but the official cautions that the two individuals are undergoing medical evaluations and have not yet been "medically-confirmed", CNN quoted the official as saying on Friday.

Hua Chunying, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Relations, recalled that from the first report on the mysterious sonic affection, studies were carried on and conclusions were presented to USA authorities.

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Nauert also said that remaining USA government personnel and their families in Guangzhou would also be able to request testing if they "noted concerning symptoms or wanted baseline screening".

They're not authorized to comment publicly on the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Cuba has denied targeting embassy staff, and the U.S. has not blamed the country's government for the suspected attacks.

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The Penn team said the patients from Cuba experienced persistent disability though rehabilitation therapy customized for them seemed to help. The Canadian government followed suit in April and directed the families of diplomatic staff in Cuba to return home.

Pompeo released a statement on June 5 saying the department established a task force last month "to direct a multi-agency response to the unexplained health incidents".

The China incidents affect one of the most important of the seven USA diplomatic outposts in the country. The consulate opened months after the establishment of diplomatic relations between Beijing and Washington in 1979 and moved to its new purpose-built facility in 2013. In a statement to CBS News, Lenzi said the ordeal has been "stressful" for his family. It is also the only US diplomatic installation in China authorized to process immigrant visas and handle adoptions.

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"Hard to get my head around how it works", he said. "But I don't feel that there's something to be very afraid of because it's probably a very special case", Chen said.