Published: Wed, May 23, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

'Sonic attack' on American consulate in China leaves staffer with brain inujury

'Sonic attack' on American consulate in China leaves staffer with brain inujury

"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 American, who has not been named, fell ill while working for the USA government in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.

That study found that 21 USA government employees in Havana experienced "persistent cognitive, vestibular, and oculomotor dysfunction, as well as sleep impairment and headaches, were observed. associated with reports of directional audible and/or sensory phenomena of unclear origin".

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US Government employee hears 'abnormal' sound in China, then develops minor brain injury

The US official at the consulate in Guangzhou experienced a variety of "physical symptoms" between late 2017 and April this year.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the incident was similar to suspected sonic attacks in Cuba.

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.

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The U.S. government has about 2,000 employees posted to China.

"Twenty-four people have had symptoms and findings consistent with what looks like a mild traumatic brain injury", State Department medical director Dr. Charles Rosenfarb told a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee January 9 "The findings suggest that this is not an episode of mass hysteria". The mployee was sent back to the United States for assessment.

"We can not at this time connect it with what happened in Havana but we are investigating all possibilities", a U.S. embassy official in Beijing told AFP news agency on condition of anonymity. "Instead, move to a location where the sounds are not present".

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that the brain injury sustained by an American official in China was "very similar" to those that affected U.S. and Canadian diplomats in Cuba.

Responding to these claims, the Cuban Foreign Ministry denied any Cuban involvement in the alleged attacks.

Previous year in Cuba, the USA reported that some of its personnel and family members experienced a range of ailments, some after hearing an unusual sound.

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Though Cuban officials dismissed the idea of acoustic strikes as "science fiction" and accused Washington of slander. "On May 18, 2018, the Embassy learned that the clinical findings of this evaluation matched mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI)", U.S. Embassy in Beijing spokesperson Jinnie Lee told Gizmodo.

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