Dizziness and headaches: US diplomats have repeatedly complained of puzzling symptoms for years. The symptoms are also called ‘Havana Syndrome’. Now there are apparently cases in Vienna as well.
The Biden government is currently investigating several mysterious health incidents reported by US diplomats and other government officials in Vienna. As reported by the AP news agency, the people affected have shown symptoms, some of which resemble the puzzling Havana Syndrome. Authorities are currently investigating more than 20 new cases, it said.
The first reports of the syndrome appeared in 2016 and 2017. Diplomats in the US embassy in Havana, Cuba were initially affected. This is where the name of the puzzling symptom comes from. Those affected complain of headaches, dizziness and symptoms that are similar to those of a concussion.
Since then, US diplomats and intelligence officials have repeatedly reported cases of the complaint – more than 130 possible cases are being examined. that two officials from the White House in Washington, D.C., had also shown the puzzling complaints.
‘Havana Syndrome’ – trigger unknown
The exact cause of the ‘Havana Syndrome’ is considered unknown. At the end of 2020, US scientists presented a report that argues that microwave weapons are a possible cause of the complaints. But other theses are also discussed, including targeted attacks with sound, poisoning or a kind of mass psychosis.
The complaints of the US diplomats in Vienna appeared for the first time after the inauguration of US President Joe Biden, writes AP. First had that ‘New Yorker Magazine’ reported on the cases on Friday. The Iranian nuclear program is currently being negotiated in Vienna. It is unclear whether members of the US negotiating team are also among the sick.
The reports of possible unexplained health incidents in the US embassy in Vienna are now being investigated ‘vigorously’, the State Department said in a statement. All affected employees were given medical treatment ‘promptly and appropriately’.
As the ‘BBC’ reports, Vienna is the largest number of suspected cases in a city so far, with the exception of Havana.