After "Mystery Illness" Hits US Diplomats In China, Alert For Tourists

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Lenzi told the Times he lived in the same flat tower as the officer who had been evacuated in April and that he had suffered in recent months from what he called "neurological symptoms".

Hua said Beijing learned about the latest cases through a report in The New York Times.

The updated statement, sent by email, changed the location of the health alert to "countrywide" from Guangzhou.

According to The New York Times, American officials are now raising suspicions as to whether other countries, such as China or Russian Federation, may be behind the mysterious ailments.

The China incidents affect one of the most important of the seven U.S. diplomatic outposts in the country.

The US Government has deemed those incidents "specific attacks" on American workers but has not publicly identified a cause or culprit.

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In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last month about the first case in China, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said China had "said all the right things and have demonstrated their willingness to help us identify the vector which led to this medical incident". The task force's role includes "identification and treatment of affected personnel and family members, investigation and risk mitigation, messaging, and diplomatic outreach".

The new evacuations come after the USA sent a medical team to Guangzhou to screen American government workers.

It also advised any USA citizen, or their family members, who experience "any unusual, unexplained physical symptoms or events, auditory or sensory phenomena, or other health concerns" to contact their doctor.

"The State Department has been and will continue to be diligent and transparent in its response to our employees' concerns", she added.

President Donald Trump has said he believed Cuba knew about the attacks and could have stopped them. Following the incident, the US State Department issued a health alert.

Other veteran foreign policy experts have said Cuba is a playground for so many rogue actors from across the globe, including Russia, China, Iran, and Venezuela, that any one of those countries or agents working on their behalf could be responsible. The embassy's statement, however, mentioned that the health issue can not be linked with the one that a United States embassy staffer suffered in Cuba 2016.

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A State Department official told CNN at the time that it was "currently reviewing the incident in China and determining how best to proceed".

Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) complained that the State Department violated the law by waiting nearly a year before setting up an ARB, rather than the 60 to 120 days after an incident that the law requires. "We will investigate the case and coordinate with the USA side in a consistently responsible way".

The State Department sent a medical team to Guangzhou, China, recently after a government employee reported experiencing abnormal sound and pressure.

It presents symptoms and clinical findings that are similar to those related to concussions and mild traumatic brain injury, according to the department.

The team arrived earlier this week, and Nauert said the medical screenings were ongoing. While the economic, political and diplomatic ties between China and the USA are obviously much stronger, any additional strains are not welcome.

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