US evacuates China staffers as illness mystery deepens

07 June, 2018, 14:10 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • RTX5GZ5A

The United States has evacuated government workers out of the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou after medical testing revealed they might have been affected by unexplained health incidents that have already hurt U.S. personnel in Cuba, the State Department said Wednesday.

The US state department said several government employees working in Guangzhou had been sent back to the US to be evaluated.

"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.

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

On May 23, the State Department issued a health alert after a US government employee reported "subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure".

Last year, 24 US 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.

Elon Musk addresses Model 3 at Tesla shareholders meeting
Tesla released the first teaser image of the Model Y at the company's 2017 Annual Shareholder Meeting in June previous year . That will go into production in the first half of 2020, along with the Semi truck and Roadster models, Musk said.

The Journal of the American Medical Association reported in March that a study of 21 former Havana staffers found "most experienced persistent cognitive, balance, hearing, oculomotor dysfunction, or all 4, as well as sleep impairment and headaches".

The State Department said in a health alert last month that the employee in Guangzhou reported "subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure" that had no immediate explanation.

Mark Lenzi, a Foreign Service officer in the US Consulate in Guangzhou, told the Washington Post he started hearing noises in April 2017 that sounded like "marbles bouncing and hitting a floor, then rolling on an incline with a static sound".

The new cases broaden a medical mystery that began affecting American diplomats and their families in Cuba in 2016.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed the similarities between the cases to the House Foreign Affairs Committee last month.

The State Department has said it suspects the stricken diplomats in Cuba were purposely targeted for an attack. Some of the injuries, which also affected 10 Canadian diplomats and their families, resembled brain trauma. They said their experiments managed to replicate the metallic chirping sounds that USA diplomats heard in conjunction with the attacks in Cuba, raising the likelihood that the injuries were the result of ultrasonic signals.

Recommended:

  • What iOS 12 & macOS Mojave Mean to Developers

    What iOS 12 & macOS Mojave Mean to Developers

    Onstage, Apple's VP of software Craig Federighi described Safari's new anti-tracking features in unusually confrontational terms. A new gallery viewing option for Finder shows a huge preview version of a photo or document, with thumbnails scrolling below.

    Doctor's remarkable cancer diagnosis from seeing woman on TV

    A surgeon who noticed something wrong with a woman he saw on television went on a mission to find her. Erich Voigt's Facebook followers suggested he inform the show's producers, so he sent them an email.
    Woman in fatal field crash held on $500K bail

    Woman in fatal field crash held on $500K bail

    Carolee had been walking with her 15-year-old sister to buy candles for a birthday cake. Police said Sharrow, 51, has two previous convictions for driving under the influence.
  • Death Toll From Nipah Rises to 16 in Kerala

    Death Toll From Nipah Rises to 16 in Kerala

    Twenty-five-year-old Resin, who was under treatment at the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital, died today, official sources said. Besides, a team of doctors from the Manipal and Thiruvananthapuram Medical colleges are also evaluating the situation.
    Guatemala's Volcan de Fuego Eruption Seen From Space

    Guatemala's Volcan de Fuego Eruption Seen From Space

    The Fuego volcano erupted yesterday, sending lahars down the side of the mountain and huge plumes of ash into the air. Authorities have said they feared the death toll could rise with an undetermined number of people unaccounted for.
    Russia's weaknesses on display in 1-1 draw with Turkey

    Russia's weaknesses on display in 1-1 draw with Turkey

    Since the start of 2016, Russian Federation has won only one game of 13 against teams which qualified for the World Cup , and has conceded in each of its last 10 games.
  • Microsoft Deploys Project Natick Self-Sustaining Underwater Data Center Off Scottish Coast

    Microsoft Deploys Project Natick Self-Sustaining Underwater Data Center Off Scottish Coast

    It will not be possible to fix the computers if they fail, but the hope is that there will be a lower failure rate than on land. The company hopes that it'll eventually ideal this system of deploying data centers that are cheaper to run for years on end.
    Inside the hotel where Trump and Kim will meet

    Inside the hotel where Trump and Kim will meet

    President Trump and Kim will meet at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore , the White House said Tuesday . Singapore airspace will be restricted during the meeting between the United States and North Korea, Reuters reported.
    Social Media Privacy Dominates Apple iOS 12, macOS Launches

    Social Media Privacy Dominates Apple iOS 12, macOS Launches

    Apple will encourage users to share photos with their friends by suggesting such opportunities in a new "for you" tab. Pressing on a notification, you can tune how often you'll get them in the future from the app that sent it.
  • Google releases Android P Beta 2, including 157 new emoji

    Google releases Android P Beta 2, including 157 new emoji

    The company partnered with DeepMind to use machine learning to improve battery life; the feature is called Adaptive Battery . As this is a beta, of course, these could change again before the final release.
    'Beat Plastic Pollution', the theme for World Environment Day 2018

    'Beat Plastic Pollution', the theme for World Environment Day 2018

    Plastic pollution is the theme of this year's World Environment Day . I've replaced using plastic bottles with a metal one. But elsewhere things haven't gone so well.
    Tetris Effect Launches Fall 2018 for PlayStation 4

    Tetris Effect Launches Fall 2018 for PlayStation 4

    Fan-favorite modes like Marathon, Sprint, and Ultra, with more all-new modes and other features to be revealed before launch. The press release did not mention full exclusivity, but not other platforms were mentioned, at least for now.


Popular

Dynasty's doorstep: Warriors take 3-0 lead in Finals
Cleveland needs to be at its best to win games in this series, and the Warriors don't need to be ideal to win. The Warriors are at their best when Curry is bending a defense to his will and he needs the ball to do that.

Firefighters tackle large blaze in central London hotel
Just ten years later, a fire damaged the top three floors of one wing and destroyed a section of the roof. The hotel is located between Hyde Park and the Knightsbridge shopping district, which includes Harrods.

Northern California judge ousted for Stanford sex assault sentence
Turner was instead sentenced to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a young woman outside a fraternity house on campus. On Tuesday, Santa Clara County voters agreed and recalled the judge from office after his almost 15-year career on the bench.

Week after DGMOs agreement, Pak violates ceasefire again; 2 BSF men killed
She had added, "The normalisation of relations between Pakistan and India is vital to both countries and the region". Around 12 civilians were killed and two BSF personnel were martyred in the ceasefire violations in this period.

Designer Raf Simons and Supreme win at CFDA Fashion Awards
While Kim rocked a two-piece white Rick Owens dress to the event, Kourtney also turned some heads with her choice of ensemble. The awards honour the greatest talent in American fashion as well as those who've inspired positive change.

Triple Crown Attempt A Big Win For NYRA
In 2013, Lukas brought Oxbow (Awesome Again) to Belmont to follow up a win in the Preakness with a runner-up finish. Baffert, who won the Triple Crown with American Pharoah in 2015, was set to throw out the first pitch.

Trump appeals court ruling he can't block Twitter critics
The Justice Department didn't respond directly to a question about whether the unblocking would eventually extend to everyone. Or they can mute the person, which keeps the user from seeing that person's tweets and reply messages in their feed.

The Best Deals in Microsoft's E3 Sale
There are a few certainties for Microsoft at E3 2018 , but we just want to see them focus on what counts : the games. Microsoft will also take 50 percent off Season Passes, expansion packs, Xbox Live Gold memberships and more.

Diego Schwartzman stops game on set point to get ailing spectator help
Another rain delay sent the players off court and shortly afterwards play was suspended for the day. Muguruza looked dominant in the win over Sharapova, winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.

Kate Spade’s husband Andy releases statement on his wife’s passing
There was no indication and no warning that she would do this. "It was a complete shock", he said . Kate Spade's family isn't happy with the late designer's sister speaking out about her .