Canadian embassy in Havana

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A 14th particular person has now been affected by the signs at Canada’s embassy in Havana

Canada will reduce its embassy workers in Cuba by as much as half after a thriller sickness affected one other particular person there, authorities in Ottawa have mentioned.

Medical testing after the reappearance of surprising signs in November noticed a 14th Canadian affected.

Canada’s overseas workplace mentioned the variety of workers will now be reduce by as much as half in consequence.

US workers have additionally been affected by the sickness, which causes dizziness, nausea and issue concentrating.

Canada has discounted the thought of a “sonic assault” being the trigger – a principle beforehand put ahead by the US state division final 12 months.

A statement released by Global Affairs Canada mentioned “workers, spouses and dependents” on the embassy had been among the many affected, and all had been receiving ongoing medical therapy.

Whereas the embassy would stay open some companies might be affected sooner or later, the assertion learn.

Employees numbers will now drop from about 16 to as much as eight, the Associated Press reports.

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The US says its workers in Cuba have additionally been affected by the thriller sickness

Canada recalled diplomatic families from Havana in April after some minors began exhibiting the signs.

Greater than 1,000,000 Canadians go to Cuba every year, however there is no such thing as a proof they’re in danger.

Cuba has repeatedly denied its involvement. Canada says it has labored in “shut cooperation” with Havana for the reason that well being issues first got here to gentle in 2017.

Not like the US, Canada by no means reduce off diplomatic relations with Cuba after its revolution in 1959.

Similar symptoms have affected US embassy staff in China.

A State Department release final 12 months mentioned folks ought to look ahead to “any uncommon, unexplained bodily signs or occasions, auditory or sensory phenomena”.

A US and a British scientist nevertheless have put ahead one other principle – insect noise.

Their study suggests the sound recorded by US staff in Cuba was in fact the song of the Indies short-tailed cricket.