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Canada sending home families of diplomats in Cuba after cases of 'new type' of brain injury

Canada sending home families of diplomats in Cuba after cases of 'new type' of brain injury
From CBC - April 16, 2018

Canada is designating Cuba an "unaccompanied post"meaning diplomats' families will not be allowed to live with them in the country during a postingbecause of new information about mysterious injuries suffered by Canadian and U.S. diplomats and their families.

Canadian diplomatic staff in Havana were informed of the decision Monday morning. The federal government has made arrangements to bring family members home in the coming weeks.

Ten Canadians in Cuba have experienced symptoms including headaches, dizziness, nausea and difficulty concentrating according to government officials who briefed reporters in Ottawa Monday.

'A new type of ... brain injury'

A new report by a Canadian medical specialist raises the possibility that some of the Canadians have experienced a "new type of possible acquired brain injury." A senior government official said that this injury is new to science.

"The cause remains unknown but could be human-made," says a media release from Global Affairs.

Officials said that some of those who seemed to recover have since seen the symptoms reassert themselves.

The RCMP is investigating the illness reports.

Some of the affected Canadians are minors; officials did not say how many, citing privacy considerations. Canadian diplomatic staff and their families do not live together in any kind of housing compound, which closes off one possible avenue of investigation.

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