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Canada's diplomatic kin in Cuba recalled over 'illness'

IANS  |  Ottawa 

The families of Canadian diplomats serving in have been recalled as some of them are suffering brain symptoms, the Press has reported.

Canadian officials said the ongoing problems are raising concerns about a new type of acquired brain injury, the cause of which remains unknown.

About 27 people from 10 diplomatic families underwent testing when some complained of dizziness, and difficulty in concentrating, reported.

As a favourite tourist destination for Canadians, annually attracts more than 1 million tourists, and Global Affairs says there is no evidence of any related ailments among Canadian travellers.

The said is working with the US after the previous environmental assessment of its staff housing in March failed to turn up a cause.

The US personnel in also took ill. Over 20 US envoys and their family members in the nation suffered symptoms such as hearing loss, tinnitus, vertigo, and since the incidents were first reported in November 2016.

The symptoms have developed amid concern about possible "acoustic attacks" in 2016 and 2017, which was regarded by as an unacceptable accusation without evidence.

"According to the specialists, medical information raised concerns for a new type of acquired Additional research is needed to better understand this," said a statement issued by the ministry on Monday.

Canada and Cuba continue to have a positive relationship and have been cooperating to find a cause of the problem, the statement said.

Canadian officials said Monday that the theory of an acoustic or sonic attack has been ruled out.



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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 10:00 IST