TORONTO, (Reuters) – Canada’s government is reviewing its diplomatic presence in Cuba, officials said yesterday, after another staff member developed the same mysterious health problems that first began affecting diplomats last year.
Canadian and U.S. diplomats in Havana first began complaining of dizziness, headaches and nausea in the spring of 2017. The United States reduced embassy staffing in Cuba from more than 50 to a maximum of 18, after more than two dozen personnel developed unusual illnesses.
Another Canadian diplomat showed symptoms over the summer, government officials said in a telephone briefing. Tests confirmed the person suffered from the same health issues that had affected a dozen other Canadian staff, spouses and their children, officials said.
The cause of the ailments is still unknown. In April, Ottawa directed the families of Canadian diplomats in Cuba to leave the Communist-run island.
Next week, Canadian officials will go to Cuba to review the country’s diplomatic presence there.