Monday, 18 June, 2018

U.S. pulls 2 workers from Cuba amid renewed health concerns

U.S. pulls 2 more embassy staff from Cuba who may be new potential health cases The U.S. embassy in Havana in August 2015
Jeannette Daniel | 10 June, 2018, 13:43

The two latest staff members from the Cuba embassy could be "potentially new cases" but are yet to be "medically confirmed", a US State Department official told the Associated Press news agency.

The State Department issues a health alert for all of China after USA diplomats and staff members began suffering from a sound-related illness.

The AP reported that the workers were being examined at the University of Pennsylvania, which is treating and studying other Americans affected by the mysterious incidents.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert also said at the time that the Chinese government assured the State Department that it is investigating the symptoms felt by the US government employee.

There have been several reports of possible sonic attacks at the US consulate in Guangzhou, China.

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The FBI launched an investigation that lasted a year following attacks in Havana, but they were unable to determine what caused the phenomena.

Those affected have suffered a range of symptoms including hearing loss, dizziness, fatigue, cognitive issues and sleep loss. American investigators have not yet determined who or what is causing the symptoms and illnesses.

Eighteen of them reported hearing an intense sound before the onset of symptoms; some also reported feeling unusual vibrations, such as the sensation in a moving auto when the windows are partly rolled down.

The State Department said in a health alert last month that the employee in Guangzhou reported "subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure" that had no immediate explanation.

The State Department is taking the most recent reports in China very seriously and alerted staff in the country after consulate staffers fell ill in the city of Guangzhou in May, according to Politico.

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