US fears of ‘mystery weapon’ revived by new China diplomat cases

  • US fears of ‘mystery weapon’ revived by new China diplomat cases

US fears of ‘mystery weapon’ revived by new China diplomat cases

The US embassy in China issued a new health alert for its citizens on Friday after more US government employees were evacuated from the country over fears they may have been hit by a mysterious illness. USA officials have detailed how personnel in Cuba came to experience a variety of symptoms including sharp ear pain, headaches, ringing in one ear, vertigo, disorientation, attention issues and signs consistent with mild traumatic brain injury or concussion.

"As a result of additional voluntary medical screenings, the department has sent other individuals to the United States for further evaluation". The United States has said it doesn't know who is behind it, but has argued Cuba is responsible for protecting all diplomats on its soil. There is a US medical team in Guangzhou assessing whether more people need to leave China, the Associated Press reported.

The FBI launched an investigation that lasted a year following attacks in Havana, but they were unable to determine what caused the phenomena. It is also the only US diplomatic installation in China authorized to process immigrant visas and handle adoptions. It advised them "not to attempt to locate the source of any unidentified auditory sensation".

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

China has said it had looked into the Guangzhou case but came up with no clues about the cause of the symptoms.

The department is urging government workers to seek medical attention if they begin experiencing symptoms such as dizziness, headaches or a ringing in the ears.

Recall that from China sent several American diplomats and their family members to undergo medical examinations.

The issue of the alleged health problems reported by diplomats in Cuba was the argument used by the government of Donald Trump to drastically reduce the personnel in the respective embassies in Havana and Washington, trying to derail the possibility of improvement in bilateral relations.

The alert comes as a US medical team is screening more Americans who work at the Guangzhou consulate.

It serves four southern provinces with a combined population of more than 204 million and processes more than 1 million visa applications of all types annually.