“Sensations of sound and pressure” have been reported by a U.S. government employee in China and was later diagnosed with “mild brain injury”
The event is shockingly similar to what American personnel experienced in the past few years in Cuba.
The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in China declared that an employee located in the city of Guangzhou had “recently reported subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure.” However, the cause of the symptoms is still unknown.
“The U.S. government is taking these reports seriously and has informed its official staff in China of this event,” the U.S. Embassy said in the alert.
“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.”
Spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Jinnie Lee, declared in an email that the employee reported experiencing a “variety of physical symptoms” that started last year and continued through April.
As a consequence, the person in cause was sent to the U.S. for more detailed investigations and evaluation in order to understand what exactly happened. Moreover, the embassy was further informed that “the clinical findings of this evaluation matched mild traumatic brain injury,” according to Lee.
“The Department is taking this incident very seriously and is working to determine the cause and impact of the incident,” Lee said in the email on Wednesday. “The Chinese government has assured us they are also investigating and taking appropriate measures.”
Another measure that the U.S. Department of State took was dispatching a team to Guangzhou early next week in order to conduct baseline medical evaluations to all U.S. personnel who request it.