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>> We have medical teams that are moving to be on the ground there.>> Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday, delivering an alert for US staff in China after an American consulate worker suffered a brain injury. While experiencing quote, abnormal sounds and pressure. The employee based in the southern city of Guangzhou, had complained of the physical symptoms starting in late 2017, and was sent to the US for evaluation where the findings matched mild traumatic brain injury.
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Pompeo said the case was reminiscent of the mysterious so-called sonic attacks that struck US government staff in Cuba in recent years. Those health incidents including hearing loss and dizziness, were reported by 24 Americans stationed in Havana, most have fully recovered.>> The medical indications are very similar, and entirely consistent with the medical indications that have taken place to Americans working in Cuba.
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We are working to figure out what took place both in Havana and now in China, as well. We've asked the Chinese for their assistance in doing that. And they have committed to honoring their commitments under the Vienna Convention to keep American foreign service officers safe.>> US medical teams will head to China early next week to conduct tests of all employees at the consulate who request it.
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The state department also said the Chinese government told the embassy it was conducting its own investigation.