Published: Wed, May 23, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

US State Department on Alert After Possible 'Sonic Attack' in China

US State Department on Alert After Possible 'Sonic Attack' in China

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

The unnamed employee in the city of Guangzhou "recently reported subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure", the State Department said in an emailed statement to U.S. citizens in China.

The department's statement comes as Washington has issued a health warning to American citizens in China after the US diplomatic employee in China reported "subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure", according to the press service of the US Embassy in China.

The US previously said its diplomats in Cuba had suffered similar symptoms after suspected sonic attacks.

"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 alert advised.

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

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The U.S. a year ago made a decision to withdraw a large number of embassy staff from the country after diplomats stationed there complained of symptoms like hearing loss, dizziness, tinnitus, visual difficulties, headaches, fatigue and other symptoms.

The spokeswoman at the US Embassy in Beijing told CNN the State Department was taking the incident "very seriously" and was working to determine the cause and impact of it.

"We are working to figure out what took place both in Havana and now in China as well", Pompeo said.

The State Department employee who suffered the brain injury worked in the city of Guangzhou in southern China.

The US Embassy in Beijing learned on May 18 that the clinical findings of the evaluation matched that of a "mild traumatic brain injury", an embassy spokeswoman told CNN. "Instead, move to a location where the sounds are not present", the emailed alert said. The Chinese government has assured the US that it is investigating the matter and taking appropriate measures, according to a State Department spokesperson. According to medical records first obtained by CBS News, a us doctor diagnosed the American diplomats as suffering from mild traumatic brain injury.

China's Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Officials believe some type of sonic weapon may have been used.

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