A US government employee at its consulate in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou reported abnormal sensations of sound and pressure leading to a mild brain injury, the US Embassy in China said on Wednesday.
The Post reports that Chinese and United States officials are looking into the matter.
An American citizen working at the USA consulate in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou has reported suffering from "abnormal" sounds and pressure leading to a mild brain injury, the US embassy said on Wednesday.
The employee experienced the symptoms from late 2017 through April 2018 while on assignment in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, where a US consulate is located, according to Jinnie Lee, a spokeswoman at the USA embassy in Beijing. "The department is taking this incident very seriously and is working to determine the cause". "Instead, move to a location where the sounds are not present".
An expert panel set up by the State Department past year said the initial findings were most likely related to "neurotrauma from a non-natural source" and recommended further investigation.
In an emailed notice to American citizens in China, the department said it was not now known what caused the symptoms in the city of Guangzhou, where an American consulate is located.
Both the US State Department and the Chinese government were investigating the incident, the embassy said.
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In 2016, US government personnel in Cuba reported hearing weird, loud sounds along with feelings of changes in air pressure in their homes owned and maintained by the Cuban government as well as hotel rooms.
Of the 21 medically confirmed U.S. victims, some have permanent hearing loss or concussions, while others suffered nausea, headaches and ear-ringing.
The US government has held Cuba responsible, arguing that Raul Castro's authoritarian state must have either carried out the assaults or at least known who was behind them.
The still-unexplained incidents sparked a rift in US-Cuban relations with the US expelling 15 Cuban diplomats from the United States for what it said was Cuba's failure to protect its staff.
Canada announced last month that it was bringing home the families of its diplomats in Cuba after a year-long investigation into the illness failed to reveal a cause. Officials believe some type of sonic weapon may have been used. Symptoms included headaches and hearing loss.
Unlike their American counterparts, however, no Canadian envoy reported hearing any suspicious sound prior to falling ill.