U.S. Consulate Staff in China Fall Ill After Hearing Odd Sounds

Some employees and family members at the American Consulate in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou were evacuated after they became ill following exposure to odd sounds, State Department officials say.

They added that colleagues and family members of the evacuated employees are being tested by medical officials, The New York Times reported.

The first employee fell ill earlier this spring, and the U.S. government last month advised other employees to seek medical attention if they developed unusual symptoms.

So far this week, another employee, his wife, and their two children were evacuated after experiencing neurological symptoms, and officials said they expect more to be evacuated, The Times reported.

The symptoms resemble those "following concussion or minor traumatic brain injury," according to the State Department.

The cases in China are similar to those that began in 2016, when American Embassy employees and their families in Havana, Cuba began suffering headaches, nausea, hearing loss, cognitive issues and other symptoms after saying they heard odd sounds. In all, 24 were affected, The Times reported.

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