US issues health warning after employee in China suffers ‘abnormal sensations of sound in addition to pressure’

Buildings stand illuminated at dusk from the Zhujiang fresh Town district of Guangzhou, China.

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Buildings stand illuminated at dusk from the Zhujiang fresh Town district of Guangzhou, China.

The U.S. State Department issued a health alert after a government employee stationed in China was diagnosed which has a mild traumatic brain injury, evoking memories of the series of so-called “sonic attacks” on American diplomats in Cuba.

The U.S. official, who was assigned to the southern city of Guangzhou, reported “subtle in addition to vague, however abnormal, sensations of sound in addition to pressure,” the State Department said in an alert Wednesday.

The notification by the department said Washington was not currently aware of any similar situations inside or outside the diplomatic community.

The State Department, which did not link the case in China to any additional incident, said anyone in China who experienced “acute auditory or sensory phenomena accompanied by unusual sounds or piercing noises” should move away by the area.

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