Mystery: Why U.S. diplomats in Cuba are suffering brain trauma

The doctor was one of several from the University of Miami Health System who reviewed the diplomats' cases. The physicians subjected them to a battery of tests and comprehensive hearing evaluations.
By Dan Taylor | Aug 29, 2017
After evaluating U.S. and Canadian diplomats working in Havana, Cuba, who have complained about coming down with a range of mysterious physical symptoms, including headaches, hearing loss, and balance problems, a U.S. doctor has concluded they are suffering from mild traumatic brain injury with possible permanent damage to the central nervous system.

The U.S. embassy workers began complaining about symptoms in late 2016, according to CBS News. Officials are investigating whether the diplomats were targeted by some kind of sonic device at their Cuban government-provided homes.

Some diplomats have had to leave Cuba because of the attacks.

The doctor was one of several from the University of Miami Health System who reviewed the diplomats' cases. The physicians subjected them to a battery of tests and comprehensive hearing evaluations.

'Like any top-notch academic medical center in the nation, the University of Miami is often consulted regarding complex health care issues or emerging diseases," said a university statement. "In the case of U.S. diplomats, our physicians were consulted by the State Department."

The State Department reminded Cuba of its international obligation to protect diplomats.

"We hold the Cuban authorities responsible for finding out who is carrying out these health attacks on not just our diplomats but, as you've seen now, there are other cases with other diplomats involved," said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson earlier this month, as reported by CBS News.

The Cuban government has denied any involvement in the attacks.

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