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CIA Officer Experiences ‘Havana Syndrome’ Symptoms On Trip To India: Reports

Approximately 200 U.S. officials and family members have been affected by Havana syndrome, a mysterious set of ailments that include nausea, migraines, dizziness and memory lapses.

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New Delhi: A Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer who was travelling with agency director William Burns to India this month has reported symptoms consistent with Havana syndrome, according to CNN and the New York Times on Monday.

As per reports, the individual, who is still not identified, also had to receive medical attention due to it.

Approximately 200 U.S. officials and family members have been affected by Havana syndrome, a mysterious set of ailments that include nausea, migraines, dizziness and memory lapses. It was first detected by officials based in the U.S. embassy in Cuba back in 2016.

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A CIA spokesperson said in an official release the agency does not comment on officers or specific incidents.

Back in August, Vice President Kamala Harris had delayed her arrival to Hanoi for nearly three hours after the U.S. embassy there stated that someone had reported a health incident consistent with Havana syndrome.

In July, Burns had stated that he had tapped a senior officer who once led the hunt for Osama bin Laden, the founder of the pan-Islamic militant organisation al-Qaeda, to head a task force investigating the syndrome.

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A U.S. National Academy of Sciences panel had found that the most logical explanation is that “directed, pulsed radio frequency energy” causes the syndrome.

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