More Consulate Workers Evacuated After Mystery Illness Strikes Americans In China

More Consulate Workers Evacuated After Mystery Illness Strikes Americans In China

The U.S. Embassy in China sent its second alert in two weeks Friday to its citizens over unexplained health issues that have prompted the evacuation of a number of U.S. government employees working at a consulate in a southern city.

After the first incident in Guangzhou, medical tests were offered to USA government employees and family members who requested them, the State Department said.

"As a result of the screening process so far, the department has sent a number of individuals for further evaluation and a comprehensive assessment of their symptoms and findings in the United States", Nauert said.

The potential sonic attacks we are now beginning to see are more reminiscent of Cold War era Soviet tactics - but perhaps par for the course of the ever-growing tensions.

The team arrived earlier this week, and Nauert said the medical screenings were ongoing.

People working in The Canton Place complex, a few kilometers (miles) from the consulate, said Thursday they were just hearing about the incidents, reflecting a lack of coverage in China's entirely state-controlled media. "If there is really some problem, U.S. can directly connect and communicate with China and China will adopt a responsible attitude to investigate this", she said. Starting in 2016, USA representatives in Cuba experienced hearing loss and and other cognitive problems usually associated with concussions and other trauma to the head.

The New York Times identified the latest American employee evacuated as Mark A. Lenzi, a security engineering officer at the consulate who left Wednesday night with his wife and two children. The employee evacuated last month was Lenzi's next-door neighbor. Former State Department officials and diplomatic experts have pointed to similar incidents causing permanent cognitive issues occurring against US diplomats in Russian Federation during the Cold War.

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It presents symptoms and clinical findings that are similar to those related to concussions and mild traumatic brain injury, according to the department.

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

Steve Goldstein, the then-undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs, said it took time to set up the ARB because "we were hopeful that we would be able to know what occurred", but the investigation has taken longer than officials anticipated.

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a task force to respond to the "unexplained health incidents".

However, given the similarities between the incidents in Havana and Guangzhou, there is the potential for additional cases of brain injuries being diagnosed, more serious travel advisories being issued leading to a fall in tourist arrivals, and the possible further withdrawal of diplomatic personnel from China.

However, after reports of the illnesses of the embassy staff members reached US President Donald Trump, he expelled 15 Cuban diplomats from the United States. It is also the only US diplomatic installation in China authorized to process immigrant visas and handle adoptions.

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