Cuba 'sonic attack': U.S. tests two more Havana embassy staff

Howard TerryJun 11, 2018

The United States is testing two more workers from its embassy in Cuba for possible brain injury amid concerns they may have been affected by mysterious health incidents harming USA diplomats in Cuba and China.

The State Department has so far confirmed that 24 people were affected by what officials have said are attacks on US workers in Cuba.

The individuals in the "potentially new cases" of a mystery illness that has plagued embassy employees have undergone medical evaluations and were not yet "medically confirmed", the official said.

A previous statement in May only mentioned the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou as the location for the health alert, though it was sent to US citizens throughout the country.

Cuba said it remained ready to work with the United States to determine what, if anything, was causing the illnesses after its own investigation had uncovered no evidence of foul play.

The US is testing two staff members from its Cuban embassy in Havana amid concerns they may have been subjected to sonic attacks.

On June 6, the US government said that it had brought a group of people from that consulate back to the United States for further evaluation of their symptoms, and that it was offering screening to anyone at the USA embassy in Beijing or other consulates in China who requested it. The symptoms included dizziness, nausea, headaches, hearing loss, and inability to concentrate.

The alert urged Americans to seek medical help in the event they suffered any "unusual, unexplained physical symptoms or events, auditory or sensory phenomena, or other health concerns". The Foreign Ministry said Thursday the US had not formally raised the matter with Beijing.

China reaffirmed today that its official investigations had not found any evidence of alleged health problems of US diplomats working in this country.

Twenty-one U.S. diplomats in Cuba were affected last August by sonic attacks with an acoustic device, according to the State Department.

Cuba has denied targeting embassy staff, and the USA has not blamed the country's government for the suspected attacks. The U.S.is also examining new potential cases from a U.S. consulate in China.

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

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