CIA officials report a mysterious illness during a trip to India

Washington (ANTARA) – A CIA officer who traveled to India with director William Burns this month reported symptoms similar to Havana syndrome, CNN and the New York Times reported on Monday (9/20).

The unidentified victim received medical attention, CNN reported, citing a confidential source.

About 2,000 U.S. officials and their family members fell ill with Havana syndrome, a mysterious illness that causes migraine symptoms, nausea, memory problems and dizziness. The disease was first reported by officials at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba in 2016.

A CIA spokesman said in a statement to Reuters that the CIA does not comment on experiences or specific officials. “We have protocols in place for when individuals report possible abnormal health experiences, including seeking appropriate medical treatment,” the spokesperson said.

Last August, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris delayed her arrival in Hanoi by three hours after the U.S. Embassy in the country informed her that someone had reported a health event consistent with Havana syndrome.

Burn said in July that he had asked a senior official who once led the pursuit of Osama bin Laden to lead a task force to study the syndrome.

A panel of the United States National Academy of Sciences concluded that the most plausible theory is that “directed, vibrating radiofrequency energy” is the cause of Havana syndrome.

Burns said there was a “very high probability” that the syndrome was caused intentionally and Russia could be blamed.

Source: Reuters

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