June 5, 2018 / 5:21 PM / 2 years ago

U.S. sets up task force over unexplained diplomatic health incidents

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, U.S., June 4, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has set up a task force to help coordinate a response to unexplained health problems affecting a number of U.S. diplomats and their relatives in Cuba and China, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Tuesday.

The group, set up on May 23, will handle “identification and treatment of affected personnel and family members, investigation and risk mitigation, messaging, and diplomatic outreach” for the 25 U.S. government workers and family members confirmed to have been affected so far, the statement said.

Reporting by Susan Heavey and Jonathan Landay; Editing by Bernadette Baum

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