Mysterious headaches in Cuba - now Canadian diplomats are victims

The Canadian government has announced that it will halve the number of diplomats at the embassy in Cuba after 14 Canadians have experienced mysterious headaches.

For the first time, an unknown illness struck several employees of the American embassy in Havana in 2016, which subsequently negatively affected the already strained relations between Cuba and the United States. The last incident took place in December, but with the "participation" of a Canadian diplomat. Symptoms include dizziness, nausea, anxiety, and headaches.

US medical experts who had access to the victims confirmed the presence of minor headaches and described them as "damage to the brain networks not associated with head injuries."

In September 2017 and March 2018, the US government announced the departure of most of the embassy workers in Cuba. Canada for some time refrained from such steps, preferring to find out the reasons for what happened together with the Cuban authorities. However, in April 2018, the country's government first banned Canadian diplomats from bringing families, and last Wednesday cut the number of embassy staff from 16 to eight.

Despite all efforts, the causes of the strange illness have not been clarified. Some experts do not exclude that it could be a microwave oven, sound weapons, faulty surveillance equipment, chemicals, viruses.

In turn, at the end of 2017, Cuban scientists suggested that Jamaican field crickets (Gryllus assimilis) could be the cause of the headaches. The "cricket" version was supported by some scientists. In their opinion, the Indian short-tailed cricket (Anurogryllus celerinictus) could be the culprit, which also did not clarify this story. What, after all, became the cause of the strange illness, still remains a mystery. However, once the incident at the US embassy in Cuba was made public, a similar complaint came from the US diplomatic corps in China.