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Canada to cut its embassy staff in Cuba after a mystery illness strikes

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Ottawa: Canada will cut its embassy staff in Cuba by up to half after a mystery illness affected another person there, authorities in Ottawa have said.

Medical testing after the reappearance of unusual symptoms in November saw a 14th Canadian affected. Canada has confirmed 14 cases of mysterious health problems since early 2017.

Canada’s foreign office said the number of staff will now be cut by up to half as a result.

Twenty-six US staff have also been affected by the illness, which causes dizziness, nausea and difficulty concentrating.

Meanwhile Canada has discounted the idea of a “sonic attack” being the cause – a theory previously put forward by the US state department last year.

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