Sonic attack warning issued as United States citizens fall ill in China

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Mysterious ‘sonic attacks’ prompt evacuation of 2 more US staff from China – report

As soon as the department received medical confirmation that one USA government employee had suffered a "medical incident that was consistent with what American personnel in Havana, Cuba, had experienced", officials deployed a medical team to Guangzhou, China, to screen all us employees and family members who requested it, she said.

The State Department says it sent a medical team to Guangzhou to screen any employees or family members who requested a test.

The US has linked a mysterious illness contracted by a government employee in China to odd sounds heard by US diplomats in Cuba for the first time.

Reacting to the reports of the mysterious sound attacks on the USA diplomats, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing on Thursday that Beijing had investigated the May 23 allegation and found no clue.

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

Vehicles pass by high-rise apartment buildings in The Canton Place where United States government workers experienced unexplained illnesses.

The US said its officials were the victims of "specific attacks", but has not yet blamed anyone for being responsible. In 2016, 24 people - all embassy workers and their families there - suffered the same symptoms at the USA embassy in Havana, Cuba.

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"The State Department received medical confirmation that a USA government employee in China suffered a medical incident consistent with what other U.S. government personnel experienced in Havana, Cuba", it said in an emailed statement. 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.

The new illnesses in China come just weeks after American officials reported finding their first case in Guangzhou, where a consulate employee got sick after reporting disturbing noises.

The evacuated Americans have been transferred to the same facility at the University of Pennsylvania where the government workers in Cuba were sent, an unnamed USA official told The Associated Press.

It presents symptoms and clinical findings that are similar to those related to concussions and mild traumatic brain injury, according to the department. The Canadian government followed suit in April and directed the families of diplomatic staff in Cuba to return home.

However, after reports of the illnesses of the embassy staff members reached US President Donald Trump, he expelled 15 Cuban diplomats from the United States.

Last August, 21 diplomats working at the U.S. embassy in Cuba were affected by an incident involving an audio device, according to the State Department.

Jinnie Lee, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing told The Washington Post in May that the Chinese government "has assured us they are also investigating and taking appropriate measures". It is also the only United States diplomatic installation in China authorised to process immigrant visas and handle adoptions.

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