Published: Wed, May 23, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

U.S. staffer suffers brain injury after 'sound' incident in China

U.S. staffer suffers brain injury after 'sound' incident in China

The federal employee reported experiencing physical symptoms from late 2017 through April 2018, when he or she returned to the us for medical evaluation.

The State Department urged citizens to seek medical counsel if they experience similar symptoms.

The U.S. Embassy in China issued a health alert Wednesday to all government workers after an employee showed signs of a brain injury after hearing "abnormal" sounds and feeling unusual physical pressure.

The notification said the department was not aware of any other cases inside or outside the diplomatic community.

"While in China, if you experience any unusual acute auditory or sensory phenomena accompanied by unusual sounds or piercing noises, do not attempt to locate their source", the embassy's health alert said.

The odd trauma inflicted on the U.S. official there recalls a similar spate of reports from Cuba, where USA officials reported symptoms consistent with a "sonic attack" or exposure to harmful frequencies while overseas.

The United States previous year chose to withdraw a large number of embassy staff from Cuba after diplomats stationed there complained of symptoms such as hearing loss, dizziness, tinnitus, visual difficulties, headaches and fatigue.

The worker was sent to the United States for further evaluation.

U.S. officials have issued a health alert in China following the incident.

The Department of State is on edge after a USA official in China was recently diagnosed with brain damage following reports of mysterious experiences and symptoms reminiscent of the alleged 2017 sonic attacks at the American embassy in Cuba.

An American citizen working at the U.S. Consulate in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou allegedly suffered a mild brain injury from abnormal sounds and pressure.

Charles Rosenfarb, a doctor and director of the State Department bureau of medical services, said the symptoms were mixed but consistent with brain trauma.

The US State Department has said that at least 24 individuals working at the US Embassy in Havana experienced health effects caused by these purported attacks.

"The department is taking this incident very seriously and is working to determine the cause and impact of the incident", said a USA embassy spokeswoman, Jinnie Lee. "The Chinese government has assured us they are also investigating and taking appropriate measures", a consular spokeswoman explained to The Washington Post.

The victims suffered headaches, hearing loss, disorientation and some loss of cognitive ability. Media reports have suggested that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has not been able to verify any evidence to support the sonic weapon theory.

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