USA diplomats evacuated from China over mystery illness from suspected sonic attack

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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.

Other employees at the American Consulate in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou and their family members are also being tested by a State Department medical team that has been flown in.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said those evacuated would undergo further medical assessments at the University of Pennsylvania.

In Guangzhou, the first employee to be evacuated complained of "subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure", according to the State Department.

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

One official said that "a sizable number" of people working in Guangzhou had requested examinations, which are being carried out in the consulate's medical facilities.

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"We are working to figure out what took place, both in Havana and now in China as well", he said.

Washington has said in the past that Cuban authorities must take responsibility for the safety of United States diplomats on their soil, but the Havana government denies any knowledge of an attack. The individual's symptoms were consistent with those associated with a so-called sonic attack on US envoys in Cuba a year ago.

Early tests showed that the American worker in China had similar medical results to someone who has experienced a mild traumatic brain injury or concussion.

The most recent evacuations followed medical testing that revealed they might have been affected.

Lenzi told the Times he resided in the same apartment tower as the officer evacuated in April and suffered in recent months from what he called "neurological symptoms".

The New York Times reported that at least two employees removed from China experienced unusual noises while there.

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A US 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.

Another diplomat who reported symptoms was at a different upscale building near the consulate, the paper said.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he's created a health care task force to look into "the unexplained health incidents that have affected a number of USA government personnel and family members stationed overseas".

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

US experts have said they know of no technology that would explain the symptoms. It is also the only USA diplomatic installation in China authorised to process immigrant visas and handle adoptions.

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