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Cuba says cause of US diplomats' illness still a mystery

AFP  |  Havana 

Cuban authorities today said they remained baffled by a mystery ailment that has afflicted numerous US diplomats on the island, with the latest case reported last month.

More than 20 US officials posted in have suffered consistent with brain injury, which the has said could have been the result of a "health attack," from an unidentified secret weapon, possibly an acoustic or device.

The bulk of cases took place between the end of 2016 and the summer of 2017, with symptoms including hearing loss, cognitive impairment, vertigo, or vision problems.

Holding responsible for either carrying out the attacks or failing to protect its officials, the US recalled more than half of its diplomats and expelled 15 Cuban diplomats from Washington, sparking a major diplomatic downturn following the revival of ties in 2015.

"After more than a year of investigation led by specialised agencies and Cuban and US experts, we can confirm that we have no credible hypothesis or scientific explanation that justifies the retaliatory US measures," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The statement said reaffirmed its desire to "cooperate with the US authorities to clarify the situation." It added that had taken note of the most recent case, reported by the on May 29, about an employee who was said to have fallen ill as a result of "undefined sounds" at his place of residence.

The in Beijing on Friday issued a health alert for its citizens after government employees were evacuated, the second alert in two weeks, sparking fear the case may be linked to events in

US has set up a task force to oversee the response to the mystery ailments in both countries.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 07:30 IST