OTTAWA—Canadian diplomats and their family members who suffered health problems during their postings in Cuba may have suffered brain injuries and the cause may have been man-made, a federal official says.
The federal government announced Monday that, because of the mysterious health symptoms suffered by Canadian and American diplomats, family members are being brought home and no longer will no longer be allowed to accompany officials posted to Havana.
The Cuban capital will now be an “unaccompanied post,” joining locales such as Kabul and Baghdad that are deemed too risky to have family members accompany embassy staff during their postings.
Fifteen Canadian staff members now work at the embassy, but Global Affairs Canada said the staffing level is also under review.
The announcement came as the federal government revealed a worrisome theory that those with symptoms — 10 Canadians in all, including diplomats, their family members and children — have suffered a “new type of possible acquired brain injury.”