Cuba: No Explanation for Latest U.S. Employee's Illness

Cuba: No Explanation for Latest U.S. Employee's Illness

The US embassy's latest health alert, the second in two weeks, said that following voluntary medical screenings, the State Department "has sent other individuals to the United States for further evaluation". The U.S.is also examining new potential cases from a U.S. consulate in China. China says it has uncovered no information that could point to a cause.

In a statement, the Cuban ministry said officials launched an investigation after learning an employee had "reported health symptoms as a result of "undefined sound" in her place of residence".

The State Department said on Friday the cases were similar to those of 24 diplomats and family members taken ill through 2017, leading to a drawdown of personnel in Havana to a skeleton staff and the expulsion of 17 Cuban diplomats from Washington.

Asked about the latest incidents, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the USA had not formally raised the matter with Beijing.

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They're not authorized to comment publicly on the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, which has partly rolled back a detente with Cuba, first charged diplomats were the victims of "sonic attacks" and Cuba as the host country was at a minimum responsible for their safety.

The Penn team said the patients from Cuba experienced persistent disability though rehabilitation therapy customized for them seemed to help.

Pompeo released a statement on June 5 saying the department established a task force last month "to direct a multi-agency response to the unexplained health incidents".

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Guangzhou is one of the most important of the USA diplomatic outposts in the country.

Since the incident, other employees from the consulate and their families have been evacuated.

It serves four southern provinces with a combined population of more than 204 million and processes more than 1 million visa applications of all types annually.

The statement said Cuba reaffirmed its desire to "cooperate with the USA authorities to clarify the situation".

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