Canada is cutting its diplomatic staffing in Havana by up to half in the wake of a mysterious illness that has now affected more than a dozen diplomats and their families.
Global Affairs said in a statement on Wednesday that a 14th person has exhibited symptoms consistent with the others who have fallen ill.
“The health, safety and security of our diplomatic staff and their families remain our priority,” Global Affairs said.
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The illness, which has affected both U.S. and Canadian diplomats, causes dizziness, headaches and difficulty concentrating.
The Canadian government is continuing to investigate, but no cause has been identified.
While the number of staff posted to Havana will be reduced, the embassy will still operate with full consular services available, Global Affairs said.
The agency said that some other programs may be “adjusted” in the coming weeks, however.
In the spring, the Canadian government decided to send home the families of those stationed in Havana.
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The statement added that there’s no evidence of a risk to travellers to Cuba.
“Canada has a positive and constructive relationship with Cuba,” the agency said. “We have had close co-operation with the Cuban authorities since the health concerns of our employees posted in Havana first surfaced in the spring of 2017.”
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