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A car beside a billboard in Havana, Cuba, September 30, 2013.

US diplomats reported mysterious symptoms after potential ‘sonic attacks’ in Cuba. New scans show how their brains might have changed.

A new study suggests that US diplomats may have suffered long-term damage from whatever happened to them in Cuba, but more research is needed.
The "sonic attacks" were first reported by diplomats in Cuba in 2016.

Mysterious ‘sonic attacks’ on US diplomats in Cuba may just have been loud Caribbean crickets

The sound of Indes short-tailed crickets, echoing and reverberating indoors, is very similar to recordings of "sonic attacks" in Cuba.

Microwave weapons may have caused the mysterious brain injuries suffered by US diplomats in Cuba and China — here’s how they might work

A focused beam of microwave radiation can make even deaf listeners sense pulsing sounds. It's possible that such a beam might also cause nerve or brain damage, like that found in the brains of US diplomats in Cuba and China.

The US evacuated 9 diplomats from China after they experienced strange auditory sensations

Fears of a sonic attack have prompted over 250 Americans connected to missions in China to receive medical examinations. At least nine consulate workers in Guangzhou have been medically evacuated from China, after one worker experienced "mild brain trauma" following strange auditory sensations.
A woman walks under a Cuban flag on March 22, 2012 in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.

The US just made an important link between a mysterious illness in China and strange noises in Cuba

Any US citizen who experiences "unusual, unexplained physical symptoms or events, auditory or sensory phenomena" are advised to contact their doctor. The State Department sent an advisory to citizens in China also warning them to not try to locate the source of "any unidentified auditory sensation."
The People's Republic of China flag and the U.S. Stars and Stripes fly along Pennsylvania Avenue near the U.S. Capitol in Washington during Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit, January 18, 2011.

US warns its citizens in China after official suffers brain injury in line with mysterious ‘sonic attack’

"While in China, if you experience any unusual acute auditory or sensory phenomena accompanied by unusual sounds or piercing noises, do not attempt to locate their source. Instead, move to a location where the sounds are not present," the State Department advises.
A woman walks past a mural depicting Cuban Communist Party founder Julio Antonio Mella, left, Cuban revolutionary leaders Camilo Cienfuegos, center, and Che Guevara in the Habana Vieja neighborhood, in Havana, Cuba, January 24, 2015.

A new study on the US officials who suffered brain injuries in Cuba makes their cases even more mysterious

No one knows why US and Canadian diplomats show signs of brain injury and hearing loss. Some have speculated that sonic attacks of some kind may be responsible.
Chinese and American national flags fly on Tiananmen Square to welcome US President Donald Trump on November 8, 2017 in Beijing, China.

More US diplomats have fallen ill in China with brain injuries like those linked to mysterious ‘sonic attacks’ in Cuba

Several US embassy workers in Guangzhou, China, have been diagnosed with brain injuries after hearing mysterious sounds. Previously, diplomats were diagnosed with similar injuries after hearing sounds in Cuba, which prompted speculation that they were being attacked with some kind of "sonic weapon."

Trump says Cuba ‘is responsible’ for attacks on diplomats, but the State Department isn’t so sure

Neither Cuba nor the US has offered much information about mysterious attacks on US diplomats on the island, suggesting neither side knows much about them.