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    Travellers to Cuba struck by illness

    Monica Wolfson
    Jan 22, 2013 - 4:12 PM EST
    Last Updated: Jan 23, 2013 - 7:28 AM EST
    Barry Renaud has sworn off Cuba.

    On Jan. 17, while returning to Amherstburg from the Caribbean country, he started throwing up, had stomach cramps and diarrhea. Renaud, a 66-year-old retiree, spent much of the trip home on the airplane in the restroom.

    In talking with the passengers sitting around them, one woman said four of her six travelling companions were sick. The man sitting in front of Renaud was ill during his stay in Cuba, bed-ridden for a day.

    Renaud?s wife Maureen fell ill the next day on Jan. 18. She couldn?t swallow even a couple of sips of water without her stomach churning.
    The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has no reports of Canadians returning ill from Cuba. Sunwing, the airline and travel tour company Renaud took, has no reports of sick tourists, said Daryl McWilliams, vice- president of sales and marketing.
    The health unit will only know of an illness if a sick person goes to a physician and gets a positive test for an illness like cholera, which doctors have to report, said Theresa Marentette, director of health protection.

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