Sounds of Silence – “Vague but Abnormal”


An US government employee in Guangzhou, southern China, has reported mysterious symptoms similar to those experienced by State Department employees in Cuba. The U.S. State Department said in its health advisory posted online Wednesday. The U.S. diplomatic missions to China have held meetings to give employees a chance to ask questions, CBS News reports.

“The government is taking these reports seriously and has informed its official staff in China of this event. We do not currently know what caused the reported symptoms and we are not aware of any similar situations in China, either inside or outside of the diplomatic community.” 

The report comes after multiple U.S. and Canadian nationals suffered from what the U.S. government called “health attacks” in Cuba. Subsequent health evaluation found that the employee’s symptoms were similar to those of someone with a head concussion or mild traumatic brain injury.

The US embassy spokesperson told CBS News that the Chinese government had “assured us they are also investigating and taking appropriate measures.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with China’s foreign minister, who said it is investigating and hasn’t found anyone who could be responsible for the possible sonic attacks

U.S. investigators haven’t yet determined who or what was behind the alleged attacks.

“Twenty-four people have had symptoms and findings consistent with what looks like a mild traumatic brain injury,” State Department medical director Dr. Charles Rosenfarb told a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee in early January. 

“The findings suggest that this is not an episode of mass hysteria,” Rosenfarb

In response, the State Department reduced its Havana embassy to a skeleton staff, and ordered 15 Cuban embassy officials in the U.S. to leave the country.

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