Reuters: Western diplomats in Cuba suffer from insect repellent rather than “acoustic weapons”

In 2016-2018, pesticides were actively used in Cuba.

Researchers at the Canadian University of Dalhousie and the Nova Scotia Health Authority suggested that the malaise of Western diplomats in Cuba in 2016-2018 did not provoke “Cuban acoustic weapons,” but insect repellents. According to Reuters, they examined diplomats returning from Cuba, as well as a dog who lived in one of the families.

This is the first study that examined the health status of diplomats before and after a business trip to Havana. Canada began to apply this practice after the first complaints of malaise.

Researchers have found brain damage in areas that are sensitive to neurotoxins. The cholinesterase enzyme, which is necessary for the normal functioning of the nervous system, was blocked there.

The report states that some insect repellents may affect cholinesterase. In the period 2016-2018, when diplomats began to feel bad, insects in Cuba began to fight more actively due to the Zika epidemic in the Caribbean.

Western diplomats in Cuba began complaining of malaise in 2016. They talked about similar symptoms – nausea, hearing loss, headache and difficulties with orientation in space. The victims complained that before their condition worsened, they heard strange sounds – it was initially assumed that American citizens were victims of acoustic attacks.

Scientists from the University of California at Berkeley analyzed this sound and came to the conclusion that it resembles the chirping of the type of crickets that lives in Cuba.

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