US Confirms Diplomats In China Down With Strange Illness After Hearing Strnge Noises
As a result of the mysterious malady that resembles a brain injury
suffered by some of the United State officials and diplomats in
Guangzhou, China, the same condition that already affected U.S.
personnel in Cuba, The U.S. State Department has brought back
the affected officials.
spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement on Wednesday,
confirmed that government employee had “suffered a medical
incident” in the southern Chinese city, the department deployed
a team to screen employees and family members at its
“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.
“Medical professionals will continue to conduct full evaluations
to determine the cause of the reported symptoms and whether
the findings are consistent with those noted in previously
affected government personnel or possibly completely
unrelated,” she said.
The State Department had evacuated at least
two Americans who fell ill after hearing
strange noises in China, New York Time reports.
Hua Chunying, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman,
on Thursday, said that as far as she was aware, the government
had not had any formal communication with U.S. officials
on any new cases, and that it had investigated an initial incident.
“At present, there’s been no discovery of clues or the reason
causing the situation the United States mentioned,”
Hua told a regular news briefing in Beijing, adding that
China protected diplomats according to international convention.
“If there’s really a problem then the U.S. side can directly
contact the Chinese side and communicate, and China will
continue to conscientiously investigate and coordinate
with a responsible attitude,” Hua said.
A U.S. government official there reiterated that there
had been only one confirmed case in China, announced
last month, and the State Department was offering
screening to anyone in the U.S. embassy or consulates
in China who requested it.
Last year, 24 U.S. government employees and family members
in Cuba displayed the symptoms, which were similar to those
related to concussion and mild traumatic brain injury,
according to the State Department.
Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State in a statement on Tuesday
disclosed that the department established a task force last
month “to direct a multi-agency response to the unexplained
“The precise nature of the injuries suffered by the affected
personnel, and whether a common cause exists for all cases,
has not yet been established,” Pompeo said.