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Evacuated After 'Health Attacks' in Cuba and China, Diplomats Face New Ordeals in US

Diplomats and doctors tell NBC News that they're concerned the U.S. may be downplaying whatever happened, at least in China

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    Evacuated After 'Health Attacks' in Cuba and China, Diplomats Face New Ordeals in US
    Kelvin Chan/AP, File
    This June 7, 2018, file photo shows a man carry an umbrella past the U.S. consulate building in Guangzhou in south China's Guangdong province after the United States evacuated several workers over medical testing that revealed they might have been affected by unexplained health incidents that have hurt U.S. personnel in Cuba and China.

    A pulsing, humming sound that awoke an American diplomat in China night after night left her vomiting, off balance and with an aching head, according to NBC News, in the first comprehensive account of a suspected "health attack" on U.S. diplomats overseas.

    She was eventually evacuated to the U.S., where doctors diagnosed vision and balance disorders and an "organic brain injury," similar to what doctors saw in more than two dozen people living in the U.S. embassy in Havana, according to interviews, documents and medical records.

    Cuba and China have denied any role in the mysterious attacks, and now diplomats and doctors tell NBC News that they're concerned the U.S. may be downplaying whatever happened, at least in Guangzhou. (Citing privacy issues, the State Department wouldn't say if the China case is considered confirmed.)

    Some of the diplomats who were evacuated have experienced suspected harassment and break-ins, which officials tell NBC News the FBI is investigating.

    The Sound Heard By Americans in Cuba Attacks

    [NATL] The Sound Heard By Americans in Cuba Attacks

    The Associated Press has obtained a recording of what some U.S. embassy workers heard in Havana as they were attacked by what investigators initially believed was a sonic weapon.

    The recording published Thursday is one of many taken in Cuba since of sounds associated with attacks that started last year.

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017)