Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

US fears of 'mystery weapon' revived by new China…

US fears of 'mystery weapon' revived by new China…

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.

Doctors said in February that the symptoms among some 24 Havana embassy staffers were similar to those caused by concussions - headaches, balance problems, sleep disturbances and visual and hearing difficulties.

The Cuba incidents sparked concerns that the employees had been targeted with some novel sort of sonic attack, and similar reports this week in Guangzhou, China, have prompted several evacuations of diplomats and family members.

Until Friday, the most recent suspicious incidents disclosed by the Cuba had been in August 2017, leading many to suspect that the incidents had stopped.

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The State Department responded by pulling 60 percent of its workers out of the Havana embassy in early October and expelled two-thirds of Cuba's staff in Washington.

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 U.S. diplomats in Cuba and China.

Last month, the US State Department urged its staff in China to alert them to any abnormal hearing or vision issues after an employee reported mystery symptoms. "Instead, move to a different location".

Guangzhou is one of the most important of the US diplomatic outposts in the country. "The Ministry of Foreign Relations reiterates that no evidence of the alleged incidents has been presented, and maintains its unwavering commitment to cooperate with USA authorities". It is also the only US diplomatic installation in China authorized to process immigrant visas and handle adoptions. Canada said the 10 continued to show unexplained brain symptoms and that "medical information raised concerns for a new type of a possible acquired brain injury".

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Cuba has denied targeting embassy staff, and the USA has not blamed the country's government for the suspected attacks.

Asked about the reported China incidents, Penn Medicine said it could not reveal results of any patient evaluations.

Aled Williams, a British teacher at a kindergarten said Thursday that the reports sounded "sci-fi-ish".

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