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

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

The United States is testing two more workers from its embassy in Cuba for possible brain injury amid concerns they may have been affected by mysterious health incidents harming USA diplomats in Cuba and China.

The Cuban response comes after the USA withdrew two more people from the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba, due to health concerns, according to a senior State Department official.

"Two individuals from the US Embassy in Havana are undergoing medical evaluation", the official said.

A previous statement in May only mentioned the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou as the location for the health alert, though it was sent to USA citizens throughout the country.

The Chinese foreign ministry said Thursday that its investigation into the first case has not yielded any clues as to the cause of the incident.

The US is testing two staff members from its Cuban embassy in Havana amid concerns they may have been subjected to sonic attacks.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week announced that the U.S.in May established a Health Incidents Response Task Force to look into "unexplained health incidents" affecting Americans in Cuba and China. The symptoms included dizziness, nausea, headaches, hearing loss, and inability to concentrate. It advised them "not to attempt to locate the source of any unidentified auditory sensation".

"As for the latest incident, my understanding is that the U.S. side hasn't had any formal communication with the Chinese side about it", foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Thursday at a regular press briefing.

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.

The US State Department issued a health alert Friday for travel in China, following fears of another sonic attack, this time carried out at the US consulate in Guangzhou.

Of the roughly 170 American consulate staffers and family members in Guangzhou, about 150 sought the offered preliminary medical examinations, according to officials familiar with the process. The Canadian government followed suit in April and directed the families of diplomatic staff in Cuba to return home.


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