The State Department said an email notice Wednesday, May 23, 2018, that a USA government employee in southern China reported abnormal sensations of sound and pressure, recalling similar experiences among American diplomats in Cuba who later fell ill.
"We can not at this time connect it with what happened in Havana, but we are investigating all possibilities", a United States embassy official said.
"We can not at this time connect it with what happened in Havana, but we are investigating all possibilities", a USA embassy official told Reuters.
The US State Department has said that at least 24 individuals working at the US Embassy in Havana experienced health effects caused by these purported attacks.
The Chinese foreign ministry could not be immediately reached for comment.
An investigation to establish the cause and impact has been launched by the US State Department.
At the time Rex Tillerson, the former US State Secretary of State, said the symptoms resulted from "targeted attacks" but he did not specify who may have been behind them. Both the State Department and Chinese government are investigating the case, reports CNN; the employee began reporting symptoms late past year, and no other American personnel are known to have experienced anything similar.
During the investigation, the Cuban authorities did not find any "acoustic" or other weapons, which could be potentially damaging to the health of the USA diplomatic staff, even among those who resided very close to the building of the United States diplomatic mission. In almost all cases, the ailments were preceded by some sort of "acoustic element", such as a "high-pitched beam of sound" or a "baffling sensation akin to driving with the windows partially open in a vehicle".
The report comes as the U.S.is seeking to negotiate concessions from China to narrow its trade deficit. "Instead, move to a location where the sounds are not present", the recommendation said. Previous victims of similar attacks in Cuba suffered permanent hearing loss, severe headaches, loss of balance, brain swelling, and disruption to cognitive functions.
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