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>> A mysterious illness has led the U.S. state department to pull a group of diplomats out of China. The state department said it came after the staff showed symptoms resembling brain injury. Reuters' correspondent Sue Lin Wong is in Guangzhou where the staff were based.>> The US government is confirming that one American government employee has suffered a medical incident in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.
Whereas, the New York Times is reporting that at least two Americans have fallen ill in southern China after hearing strange noises. There's parallels between these cases and the cases of 24 US government employees and their families in Cuba last year, who displayed symptoms of traumatic brain injury, concussions, and dizziness after hearing strange noises.
>> The US State Department announced that based on an initial medical screening, they had sent a number of individuals back to the US for further evaluation. And added that, doctors are still trying to determine the cause of the reported symptoms. The reports from Cuba last year, linking the symptoms with strange noises, raised fears of potential sonic attacks.
But China said Thursday, it had already conducted a quote thorough investigation and has reported their findings to the US.>>
> At present there has been no discovery of clues of the reason causing this situation the US mentioned.>> The mysterious circumstances come as relations between the U.S. and China are increasingly volatile.
>> There's currently trade disputes between the two countries, as well as uncertainty about the upcoming summit between US president, Donald Trump and North Korea leader, Kim Jong Un, as well as China's role in resolving tensions on the Korean peninsula.>> Tensions that could rise further as the US investigates the unexplained incidents.