US warns its expats over unidentified Chinese sonic influence

Published:  25 May at 6 PM
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An American expat working at one of the USA’s consulates in China has been diagnosed with a minor brain injury caused by strange sounds and air pressure.

America’s Embassy in Beijing has issued a warning to US expats living and working in China to be aware of possible health problems being caused by abnormal noises and air pressures. The original reports suggested similarities with the 2016 news that a number of US diplomatic staff in Cuba were suffering health problems due to ‘abnormal noises’ in their workplaces. However, the Beijing embassy’s warning states it can find no links to the Cuban incident.

Chinese authorities are believed to be investigating the incident, and the Washington-based Secretary of State told international media the government is concerned about the report, adding he’d raised the issue with the visiting Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi. Earlier, Pompeo had told Congress the incident seemed to be ‘medically similar’ to that which affected US diplomats in Cuba, adding that US medical teams were on their way to Guangzhou to investigate further.

The affected diplomat is now in the USA undergoing more tests, with results so far indicating mild traumatic brain injury. Advice given by the US embassy describes the sensations of sound and pressure as acute auditory or sensory phenomena along with piercing noises and unusual sounds. It recommends immediately moving away to another location where the sounds can’t be heard.

Staff involved in the Cuban incident had reported fatigue, cognitive issues, dizziness and hearing loss, with Cuban officials rubbishing the claims as ‘science fiction’. However, in 2017, personnel at the Canadian Embassy in Cuba reported similar symptoms also attributed to abnormal noises and pressure.
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