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Cuba releases details of incident involving United States official

Cuba releases details of incident involving United States official

The U.S. has pulled two more workers from its embassy in Cuba amid concerns that they may have been affected by the same mysterious health incidents as other employees in Havana as well as China.

"As for the latest incident, my understanding is that the U.S. side hasn't had any formal communication with the Chinese side about it", foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Thursday at a regular press briefing.

US officials said Friday that they had pulled two workers from Cuba and were testing them for possible brain injury.

US personnel in Havana began reporting the incidents in 2016, and they were first disclosed publicly previous year.

Recall that from China sent several American diplomats and their family members to undergo medical examinations.

However, he indicated that the precise nature of the health problems has not been determined nor it is known if there is a common cause for the cases registered in the Caribbean island or in China.

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A security person walks outside the USA consulate building in Guangzhou in south China's Guangdong province, Thursday, June 7.

In 2017 in Cuba at least 22 American diplomat and their family members have suffered as a result of the mysterious "acoustic attack".

In April, Canada said it would remove families of diplomats posted at its embassy in Cuba as information from medical specialists has raised concerns of a new type of brain injury. There are about 170 US diplomats or employees and their families in Guangzhou.

The US embassy 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 Cuba. The consulate opened months after the establishment of diplomatic relations between Beijing and Washington in 1979 and moved to its new purpose-built facility in 2013. According to the statement, authorities could not find the source of the sound.

People working in The Canton Place complex, a few kilometers (miles) from the consulate, said they were just hearing about the incidents, reflecting a lack of coverage in China's entirely state-controlled media.

"Hard to get my head around how it works", he said.