US Embassy in China sends new alert for mystery health issue

Pauline Gross
June 8, 2018

The New York Times is also reporting that a State Department medical team flew to Guangzhou and is performing tests on other employees and their family members - some 170 workers in total at the site, plus their family members.

On May 23, the State Department issued a health alert after a us government employee reported "subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure". Most of the incidents were accompanied by weird, unexplained sounds that initially led United States investigators to suspect a sonic attack.

The medical screenings in China are continuing, Nauert said.

Other veteran foreign policy experts have said Cuba is a playground for so many rogue actors from across the globe, including Russia, China, Iran, and Venezuela, that any one of those countries or agents working on their behalf could be responsible. The US government has deemed those incidents "specific attacks" on American workers but hasn't publicly identified a cause or culprit.

"After almost a year of investigation that has drawn on intelligence, defense and technology expertise from across the USA government, the FBI has been unable to determine who might have attacked the diplomats or how".

The Times offers details only about Lenzi, who the newspaper reports lived in the same building as the first individual evacuated and expressed outrage internally at the consulate that it took a month after the first individual was diagnosed with a brain injury for other employees to hear about the first incident.

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So far this week, another employee, his wife and their two children were evacuated after the parents exhibited neurological symptoms. On Wednesday night they were flown to the US with their children, including a three-year-old son who was also affected.

A U.S. government official there reiterated that there had been only one confirmed case in China, announced last month, and the State Department was offering screening to anyone in the USA embassy or consulates in China who requested it.

She said the employee was sent to the United States for further evaluation, and on May 18, officials learned that the clinical findings of this evaluation were similar to "what might be seen in a patient with a head concussion or mild traumatic brain injury".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the precise nature of the injuries suffered has not been determined and promised a "multi-agency response to the unexplained health incidents". The U.S. diplomatic staff in Havana was reduced, and 15 Cuban diplomats were expelled from the U.S.

It serves four southern provinces with a combined population of more than 204 million and processes more than 1 million visa applications of all types annually.

The evacuations of workers in Guangzhou followed medical testing that revealed they might have been affected. "This does not fit with China's basic concept and principles of diplomacy, and is inconceivable", the Global Times said in an editorial.

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