Canada's Diplomats in Cuba Afflicted, but It's Clueless, Too

Country says 8 Canadians have now been found to have suffered odd health problems
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2018 7:44 AM CST
Canada: Diplomat Mysteriously Afflicted in Cuba Last Month
In this Jan. 12, 2017 file photo, tourists ride in classic American convertible cars past the United States embassy, right, in Havana.   (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

Fresh off the news that an FBI report based on months of investigation found no evidence that sound waves could have damaged the health of American diplomats in Cuba, a new twist in the case: Canada on Wednesday said the inexplicable problems haven't let up. The CBC reports that eight Canadians have now suffered headaches, dizziness, and nose bleeds after time in Cuba, with the latest incident occurring just last month. In that case, the afflicted person reported feeling a "wave of pressure." Unlike the Americans, none of the affected have had lasting symptoms or damage. The CBC notes no other countries have reported similar incidents.

NBC News reports that the eight Canadians needing medical care came from a pool of 27 who were tested. The US has found 24 Americans to have been mysteriously afflicted, and while the FBI report undermines the idea that a sonic weapon was used, other theories were discussed during a Senate hearing Tuesday. A State Department official said "there's viral, there's ultrasound, there is a range of things that technical experts are looking at." When asked by Sen. Tom Udall if viral meant someone "intentionally implanting a virus," the official answered that it was a possibility. (More Cuba stories.)

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