US-Cuba relations

Two more pulled from US embassy in Cuba as ‘potential new’ sonic sickness cases emerge

In 2016, workers at the embassy suffered ‘brain injuries’ after hearing mysterious sounds; then the ‘sickness’ spread to a US consulate in China, and now Cuba is seemingly affected again

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 June, 2018, 3:32am
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 June, 2018, 3:34am

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 US diplomats in Cuba and China.

That word comes from three US officials. They’re not authorised to comment publicly on the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.

A State Department official says they are “potentially new cases” but not yet “medically confirmed.” The official says the two individuals from the embassy in Havana are undergoing medical evaluation.

US embassy in China sends new illness alert as ‘sonic attack’ worries grow

Two other officials say the individuals are being tested at the University of Pennsylvania.

The development comes as the US issues travel warnings to Americans in China after unexplained health issues there raised fears that problems detected in Cuba in 2016 have spread.

In May, it was announced that a man had been evacuated from the US consulate in Guangzhou, China, after apparently suffering the same illness.

And this week it emerged that another worker, his wife and their children had also been evacuated from the same consulate after falling ill. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo has created a task force to investigate the mysterious illnesses.