US Official's Brain Injury In China Matches Cuba Problem - Pompeo

Lucy Bush
May 23, 2018

A United States Government employee in southern China has reported suffering from "abnormal" sounds and pressure leading to a mild brain injury, the USA embassy said - recalling similar experiences among American diplomats in Cuba.

"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. Should someone in China hear these noises, they should move somewhere where they don't hear them anymore, the alert says.

The employee, who was stationed in Guangzhou, fell sick and was later diagnosed with a condition that resembled the so-called "sonic attacks" on USA diplomats in Cuba a year ago.

USA diplomats there experienced possible "sonic attacks", and the US eventually reduced the number of American employees there.

The worker, who was sent to the USA for further evaluation, was diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury on May 8.

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The still-unexplained incidents sparked a rift in US-Cuban relations, while investigators have pursued theories including a sonic attack, electromagnetic weapon or flawed spying device.

The State Department was taking the incident very seriously and working to determine the cause and impact, the embassy said. However, the noises were only reportedly heard by USA citizens, and not Cuban staff.

Paramilitary police officer guards the entrance to the US embassy in Beijing, China, April 5, 2018.

In Cuba previous year, 24 diplomats and their family members were left with mysterious injuries resembling brain trauma, which were suspected of being caused by a "sonic attack".

The Post reports that Chinese and United States officials are looking into the matter.

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The American Foreign Service Association said then that government employees had been diagnosed with "mild traumatic brain injury and permanent hearing loss, with such additional symptoms as loss of balance, severe headaches, cognitive disruption, and brain swelling".

The employee was sent to the United States for evaluation and treatment.

Cuban officials dismissed the idea of acoustic strikes as "science fiction" and accused Washington of slander.

Meanwhile, the US State Department stated that the US consulate worker in southern China that had earlier reported symptoms similar to those of mild brain injury and head concussion returned to the US for further examination.

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