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US expands China health alert amid illness reports

11 June, 2018, 05:49 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Health alert issued for Americans in China following fears of sonic attacks

More than 20 US officials posted in Havana have suffered injuries consistent with brain injury, which the US State Department has said could have been the result of a "health attack", from an unidentified secret weapon, possibly an acoustic or microwave device.

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 US citizens throughout the country.

USA experts have yet to determine who or what was behind the mysterious illnesses that affected 24 people.

If confirmed by doctors to have the same condition, the two individuals would mark the 25th and 26th confirmed patients from the weird incidents in Cuba that were first disclosed previous year and have been deemed "specific attacks" by the USA government.

The official says the two individuals from the embassy in Havana are undergoing medical evaluation. The symptoms, which allegedly resemble the results of a mild traumatic brain injury or concussion, include sharp ear pain, tiresome headaches, and extreme fatigue, according to the New York Times.

The alert urged Americans to seek medical help in the event they suffered any "unusual, unexplained physical symptoms or events, auditory or sensory phenomena, or other health concerns".

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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.

Asked about the latest incidents, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Thursday that the US had not formally raised the matter with Beijing.

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.

The U.S.is working alongside China to uncover the source of the "abnormal sounds".

Security guards outside the Guangzhou consulate on Thursday told reporters to leave the area and not attempt to talk to consulate staff.

Canada in April also ordered families of diplomatic staff in Cuba to return home after mysterious health symptoms were detected in 10 Canadians stationed on the island.

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