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Canadian Diplomats Suing Government Over Mystery Illness

Canadian Diplomats Suing Government Over Mystery Illness

The plaintiffs claim the Canadian government failed to give them important health and safety information associated with being posted in Cuba.

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Canadian Diplomats Suing Government Over Mystery Illness

Some Canadian diplomats who got sick with an unexplained illness after being posted in Cuba are now  suing the Canadian government  for more than $21 million in damages.

The plaintiffs — which include five diplomats and some of their family members — all reportedly worked or lived in Havana between 2016 and 2018.  They claim the Canadian government "downplayed the seriousness of the situation" and failed to give them important health and safety information associated with being posted in Cuba.

The plaintiffs also say they  weren't evacuated and treated  quickly enough after reporting their symptoms. Reports of Canadian officials in Cuba suffering from a mysterious ailment first began in the spring of 2017.

Their symptoms include nausea, dizziness, headaches and trouble concentrating.

U.S. Embassy workers in Cuba  developed similar symptoms  — all of which are consistent with brain injuries.

Researchers have offered up multiple theories behind the unexplained illnesses —  including crickets  and microwave radiation — but officials have yet to identify an exact cause.

Cuba has denied any wrongdoing in connection to the illnesses.

After another one of its diplomatic staff fell ill, Canada announced last month it was going to  cut its embassy staff  in Cuba by up to half.




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