Mystery disease sees Canada half its Cuba embassy personnel – BBC NewsFebruary 12, 2019 | 0 | illness , Mystery
Canada will cut its embassy personnel in Cuba by up to half after a mystery health problem impacted another person there, authorities in Ottawa have stated.
Medical screening after the reappearance of unusual symptoms in November saw a 14 th Canadian affected.
Canada’s foreign workplace said the number of staff will now be cut by up to half as an outcome.
US personnel have likewise been impacted by the disease, which triggers dizziness, nausea and difficulty focusing.
Canada has actually marked down the concept of a “sonic attack” being the cause – a theory formerly put forward by the US state department last year.
A statement launched by Global Affairs Canada said “workers, partners and dependents” at the embassy were amongst the affected, and all were getting ongoing medical treatment.
While the embassy would remain open and continue to supply full consular services, some functions could be affected in the future, senior Canadian officials told reporters.
Personnel numbers will now drop from about 16 to approximately 8.
Canada recalled diplomatic households from Havana in April after some minors began revealing the symptoms.
More than a million Canadians see Cuba each year, but there is no evidence they are at danger.
Cuba has repeatedly rejected its participation. Canada says it has actually operated in “close cooperation” with Havana considering that the health problems initially emerged in 2017.
Unlike the United States, Canada never cut off diplomatic relations with Cuba after its revolution in 1959.
A State Department release last year stated people need to expect “any uncommon, unexplained physical symptoms or events, auditory or sensory phenomena”.
An US and a British scientist however have actually put forward another theory – pest noise.