2 individuals from embassy in Cuba undergoing medical evaluation

Sergio Conner
June 11, 2018

The evacuation occured a few weeks after the State Department disclosed on May 23 that a USA government employee stationed in Guangzhou reported experiencing "vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure, "NPR reported".

The cases come at a sensitive time in relations between the United States and China, with the two nations locked in negotiations aimed at preventing a trade war and tensions over Beijing's claims to the South China Sea. China says it has uncovered no information that could point to a cause.

However, he indicated that the precise nature of the health problems has not been determined nor it is known if there is a common cause for the cases registered in the Caribbean island or in China.

"As a result of additional voluntary medical screenings, the department has sent other individuals to the United States for further evaluation". The Foreign Ministry said Thursday the USA had not formally raised the matter with Beijing.

"If the U.S. makes formal contact with us, China will continue necessary investigations in an earnest and responsible manner and maintain close communication and cooperation with the U.S.", Hua said at a regularly scheduled news conference.

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 US official told The Associated Press.

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Cuba has denied targeting embassy staff, and the USA has not blamed the country's government for the suspected attacks. That's where doctors have been treating and studying patients previously evacuated from the U.S. Embassy in Havana.

"It appears that we have identified a new syndrome that may have important public health implications", senior author Douglas H. Smith, director of Penn's Center for Brain Injury and fix, said at the time.

The US has set up a task force to oversee the response to the mystery ailments among diplomats in China and Cuba. There are about 170 US diplomats or employees and their families in Guangzhou. According to the statement, authorities could not find the source of the sound.

Since the incident, other employees from the consulate and their families have been evacuated.

"For me I feel it's very unusual".

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