More Americans screened over mystery health issues in China


"A State Department medical team arrived in Guangzhou May 31 and has begun conducting baseline medical evaluations of all Consulate Guangzhou employees who request it", the department said in a statement.

Beginning in 2016, at least 10 Canadian workers and 24 U.S. Embassy employees working in Havana, Cuba showed mysterious health symptoms related to unexplained sounds.

The U.S. State Department has brought a group of diplomats home from Guangzhou, China, over concern they were suffering from a mysterious malady that resembles a brain injury and has already affected U.S. personnel in Cuba, a spokeswoman said.

Last month, the State Department issued a health alert for travelers to Guangzhou, saying an employee had reported "subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure".

Last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Congress the case in Guangzhou was medically very similar to the ones seen in Cuba past year, when a large part of the embassy staff was withdrawn after complaining of symptoms that included hearing loss, dizziness, tinnitus, visual difficulties, headaches and fatigue.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called for the US State Department to set up an investigation into why US staff in China have fallen ill with mystery symptoms.

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

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

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At least two diplomats have recently been evacuated from China with the number possibly to rise soon, the New York Times reports.

Multiple State Department employees in China will undergo further medical evaluation after one staffer suffered a mild brain injury.

"The safety and security of U.S. personnel and their families is our top priority", Nauert said.

In 2017, 24 U.S. diplomats and their family members in Cuba fell victim to mysterious "attacks" that left them with injuries resembling brain trauma.

Washington has said in the past that Cuban authorities must take responsibility for the safety of USA diplomats on their soil, but the Havana government denies any knowledge of an attack.

The cases come at a time when China-US relations have been strained amid fears of a trade war.

The U.S. made a decision to withdraw a large number of its diplomats stationed in Havana after 24 government employees and family members complained of hearing loss, tinnitus, headaches, dizziness, visual difficulties and fatigue.