US confirms 25th American diplomat in Cuba hit with mystery illnes

The United State confirmed another American diplomat in Havana is being treated for a mysterious health condition similar to those struck more than two dozen embassy staff since last year.

The unnamed US diplomat was medically confirmed to “have experience health effects similar to those that were reported by members of the US Havana diplomatic community,” the State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert confirmed.

This is the first medically confirmed case in Havana since August, and puts the number of American diplomats affected by the illness to 25.

An interagency investigation is underway into what caused the symptoms that have described as consistent with mild brain trauma — including, in some cases, disorientation and hearing loss, as well as develop mitigation measures.

The Cuban government has also assured it will continue its own investigation.

“We strongly remind the Cuban government of its responsibility under the Vienna convention to protect our diplomats,” Nauert said.

“The health and wellbeing of our personnel remains our top priority.

Source: Kuwait News Agency