Sonic attacks: US Embassy in China issues second health alert

Sonic attack warning issued as US citizens fall ill in China | Daily Star

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As soon as the department received medical confirmation that one USA government employee had suffered a "medical incident that was consistent with what American personnel in Havana, Cuba, had experienced", officials deployed a medical team to Guangzhou, China, to screen all us employees and family members who requested it, she said.

The evacuations of workers in Guangzhou followed medical testing that revealed they might have been affected.

Since that case was made public last month, an undisclosed number of other consulate staff and family members have also been evacuated for further tests.

The alert, posted on the department's website, said those who suspected they had such symptoms should not try to locate the source of any "unidentified auditory sensation" and should seek medical care as soon as possible.

The State Department previously issued a travel alert for Americans in China, prompting Foreign Minister Wang Yi to warn Washington not to "politicize" the incidents. One U.S. government employee in China was recently confirmed as suffering from similar symptoms. Initially, the US investigators suspected a sonic attack after people complained of freakish, unexplained sounds. Symptoms included dizziness, headaches and an inability to concentrate.

Safety guards outdoors the Guangzhou consulate on Thursday informed reporters to go away the realm and never try to speak to consulate employees.

The Embassy Beijing and five US consulates in China, she said, held "townhall meetings" on May 23 "to allow employees to ask questions and raise concerns directly with senior leadership".

"If there's really a problem then the USA side can directly contact the Chinese side and communicate, and China will continue to conscientiously investigate and coordinate with a responsible attitude", Hua said.

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On May 24, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in a regular press briefing that China had investigated the initial May 16 case, but had not found a reason for the illness.

The New York Times identified the latest American employee evacuated from China as Mark A. Lenzi, a security engineering officer who left Wednesday night with his wife and two children.

Mark Lenzi, a security-engineering officer at the consulate, left the consulate Wednesday evening with his wife and two children after experiencing odd sounds like marbles rolling around a metal funnel that he connected to neurological symptoms. The consulate said it did not know what had caused the symptoms, but was taking the incident "seriously".

More U.S. citizens have been evacuated from a U.S. consulate in Guangzhou, China, after suffering what appears to be the same odd, sound-related illness that afflicted consulate workers in Cuba. The U.S. diplomatic presence in Havana was scaled back and 15 Cuban diplomats were sent home from the United States in retaliation for their country's apparent failure to protect diplomats.

The Penn group mentioned the sufferers from Cuba skilled persistent incapacity although rehabilitation remedy custom-made for them appeared to assist.

The US has set up a task force to oversee the response to the mystery ailments among diplomats in China and Cuba, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday.

It serves four southern provinces with a combined population of more than 204 million and processes more than one million visa applications of all types annually. It is also the only US diplomatic installation in China authorized to process immigrant visas and handle adoptions.

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.

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