An official with the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has reported symptoms of Havana Syndrome and needed immediate medical attention. The officer in question accompanied CIA Director Bill Burns on his official visit to India.
“We do not comment on specific incidents or officers. We have logs for when people report possible abnormal health incidents that involve medical treatment. We will continue to do everything we can to protect our officers, ”a CIA spokesman told CNN.
However, this is not the American government’s first exposure to the disease. U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris’s Vietnam tour was slightly delayed when several officials reported symptoms of the disease shortly before her visit. Previously, around 200 US officials and their family members were affected by Havana Syndrome. Some of the most commonly reported symptoms are dizziness, migraines, memory lapses, and nausea. This disease was first reported among U.S. embassy officials in Cuba in 2016.
American intelligence has investigated these cases, including a 100-day investigation into the likely causes of the disease. Led by Bill Burns and US Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, this investigation will likely be completed before the end of the year and no reports will be released.
WHAT IS HAVANA SYNDROME?
Havana Syndrome is a mysterious series of ailments such as hearing loss, ringing in the ears, dizziness, fatigue and headaches. Since not much is known about this health condition, there are many theories about it. The most plausible is that, according to the US National Academy of Sciences, “directional, pulsed radio frequency energy” is causing the syndrome. According to CIA Director Bill Burns, this syndrome could be caused on purpose.
Published by Mehak Agarwal
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