U.S. Embassy in China Warns Americans About Potential Sonic Attacks Abroad

U.S. evacuates China staffers as illness mystery deepens

The State Department said in a health alert last month that the employee in Guangzhou reported "subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure" that had no immediate explanation. The Cuban government denied involvement in the attacks and the State Department sent more than 60 percent of Americans working at the US embassy there home. American investigators have not yet determined who or what is causing the symptoms and illnesses.

The State Department has sent a medical team to China to offer medical screenings to all American government workers and family members who want them.

The incident rattled U.S. -Cuba relations, but the occurrence of similar symptoms in China has raised suspicions about whether China, Russia, or another country might be to blame.

Those affected have suffered a range of symptoms including hearing loss, dizziness, fatigue, cognitive issues and sleep loss.

The statement said Cuba was informed of one case in late May where "a functionary of the (U.S.) embassy on the 27th of the same month had reported health symptoms as a result of "undefined sounds" in her residence".

Of the roughly 170 American consulate staffers and family members in Guangzhou, about 150 sought the offered preliminary medical examinations, according to officials familiar with the process.

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The New York Times said that an employee evacuated from Guangzhou on June 6 likened the sounds he experienced to "marbles rolling around a metal funnel".

Canada in April also ordered families of diplomatic staff in Cuba to return home after mysterious health symptoms were detected in 10 Canadians stationed on the island.

Guangzhou is one of the most important of the US diplomatic outposts in the country.

"The State Department received medical confirmation that a US government employee in China suffered a medical incident consistent with what other USA government personnel experienced in Havana, Cuba", the statement said, reiterating comments made last month by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The statement said Cuba reaffirmed its desire to "cooperate with the U.S. authorities to clarify the situation".

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