At least 4 American diplomats in Paris and Geneva have been struck down by suspected Havana syndrome, together with one who needed to be airlifted again to the US for therapy, a report mentioned Thursday.
The mysterious circumstances had been first reported to US officers in the 2 European cities, in addition to the State Department, final summer season.
Havana syndrome, which is referred to by the US authorities as an “anomalous health incident,” is linked to suspected radiation assaults which have a whole lot of American spies and diplomats all over the world.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken advised MSNBC on Thursday the US nonetheless doesn’t know what Havana syndrome is — and the whole federal authorities is working to unravel the sickness.
“To date, we don’t know exactly what’s happened and we don’t know exactly who is responsible,” Blinken mentioned.
He added the US has raised the diseases with the Russians however nonetheless can’t make a willpower about who’s responsible.
Havana syndrome was first reported amongst US officers in Cuba’s capital in 2016 and has since affected about 200 US diplomats, officers and their members of the family abroad.
Cases have been detected in China, South America and Europe.
Symptoms of the mysterious ailment embrace migraines, nausea, reminiscence lapses and dizziness. It is usually preceded by a piercing sound.
The State Department wouldn’t touch upon the newest circumstances in Switzerland and France, citing privateness and safety issues.
Blinken mentioned he’d met with State Department staff all over the world who described the diseases and how these incidents disrupted their lives.
“There is no doubt in my mind that people have been directly and powerfully affected,” Blinken mentioned.
“We are working overtime across the entire government to get to the bottom of what happened, who’s responsible. And in the meantime to make sure that we’re caring for anyone who’s been affected and to protect all of our people to the best of our ability.”