A United States Government employee in southern China has reported suffering from "abnormal" sounds and pressure leading to a mild brain injury, the U.S. embassy said - recalling similar experiences among American diplomats in Cuba.
The unusual incident recalls a similar spat of reports from Cuba, where USA officials reported symptoms consistent with a "sonic attack", or exposure to harmful frequencies, while overseas.
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 Chinese government has assured us they are also investigating and taking appropriate measures", she said.
The Canadian government in April said it would remove families of diplomats posted to Cuba after Canadian personnel there in 2017 also reported similar health symptoms.
A weird and singular case in China, where a United States government employee stationed in the city of Guangzhou returned to America in April after reporting "subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure".
U.S. diplomatic officials said they could not link the case to health issues suffered by USA government staff in Cuba dating back to late 2016.
The embassy advised Americans experiencing "unusual acute auditory or sensory phenomena accompanied by unusual sounds or piercing noises" not to attempt to locate the source of the sound but to move away from the location, and seek medical help. However, the noises were only reportedly heard by USA citizens, and not Cuban staff. Last week, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing learned of the diagnosis: mild traumatic brain injury.
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In regard to the students and teachers, Simonton said they were prepared and that they did exactly what we asked them to do. The suspect's injuries are believed to be non-life threatening. "Parents are to go there to pick-up their children".
Suspected "sonic attacks" affecting more than a dozen US diplomats and family members in Havana beginning in November 2016 led to the U.S.
"The unique circumstances of these patients and the consistency of the clinical manifestations raised concern for a novel mechanism of a possible acquired brain injury from a directional exposure of undetermined etiology", a study about the victims in Cuba concluded.
"The medical indications are very similar and entirely consistent with the medical indications that have taken place to Americans working in Cuba", U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at congressional hearing in Washington on Wednesday.
A year ago in Cuba, the U.S. reported that some of its personnel and family members experienced a range of ailments, some after hearing an unusual sound.
CNN has reached out to China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs but has not yet received a response on this matter. Americans working in Cuba suffered permanent hearing loss, severe headaches, loss of balance, brain swelling, and disruption to cognitive functions.
The cause of those incidents remains unresolved.