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CIA officer reports Havana syndrome symptoms on India trip -reports By Reuters


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A CIA officer who was traveling with agency director William Burns to India this month reported symptoms consistent with Havana syndrome, CNN and the New York Times reported on Monday.

The victim, who was not identified, had to receive medical attention, CNN reported, citing unnamed sources.

Havana syndrome is a strange set of conditions that causes migraines, dizziness, nausea and memory lapses in some 200 U.S. personnel and their families. In 2016, officials from the U.S. Embassy in Cuba first noticed it.

A spokesperson from the CIA said that it does not comment upon specific officers or incidents. The spokesperson stated that protocols are in place to ensure individuals receive appropriate treatment if they report any unusual health issues.

After a U.S. Embassy report that someone had suffered from Havana syndrome, Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States delayed Kamala Harris’ arrival in Hanoi by three hours.

Burns claimed in July that he had appointed an ex-officio officer, who was responsible for the search for Osama ben Laden, to the task force investigating the condition.

The most likely explanation for the syndrome was found by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Panel.

Burns stated that there’s a strong chance that the syndrome was intentionally created and Russia may be to blame.

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