By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Author
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is investigating a latest rash of mysterious well being incidents reported by American diplomats and different authorities staff in Vienna, Austria, U.S. officers mentioned Friday.
Among the signs are much like these first reported by U.S. diplomats and spies in Havana, Cuba, in 2016 and 2017 for which no definitive trigger has but been decided, in keeping with the officers, who mentioned greater than 20 new circumstances have been being checked out by medical groups on the State Division and elsewhere, together with the Pentagon and CIA.
“In coordination with our companions throughout the U.S. authorities, we’re vigorously investigating experiences of doable unexplained well being incidents among the many U.S. Embassy Vienna group,” the State Division mentioned. “Any staff who reported a doable UHI acquired rapid and acceptable consideration and care.”
Some imagine the unexplained accidents, which embrace mind harm, are the results of assaults with microwave or radio wave weapons. Nevertheless, regardless of years of research there is no such thing as a consensus as to what or who is perhaps behind the incidents or whether or not they’re, actually, assaults.
The Vienna-based staff have reported affected by mysterious signs since President Joe Biden was inaugurated, in keeping with the officers. The Vienna circumstances have been first reported Friday by The New Yorker journal.
Vienna has for hundreds of years been a middle for espionage and diplomacy and was a hub for clandestine spy-versus-spy exercise in the course of the Chilly Struggle. Town is presently the location of oblique talks between Iran and america over salvaging the nuclear deal that was negotiated there in 2015.
These talks are actually in hiatus and it was not instantly clear if any members of the U.S. negotiating crew have been amongst these affected by accidents.
The issue has been labeled the “Havana Syndrome,” as a result of the primary circumstances affected personnel in 2016 on the U.S. Embassy in Cuba. In Could, officers mentioned not less than 130 circumstances throughout the federal government are have been below investigation, up from a number of dozen final 12 months.
People who find themselves believed to have been affected have reported complications, dizziness and signs per concussions, with some requiring months of medical remedy. Some have reported listening to a loud noise earlier than the sudden onset of signs.
Significantly alarming are revelations of not less than two doable incidents within the Washington space, together with one case close to the White Home in November wherein an official reported dizziness.
Though some are satisfied the accidents are the results of directed vitality assaults, others imagine the rising variety of circumstances might really be linked to “mass psychogenic sickness,” wherein folks studying of others with signs start to really feel sick themselves.
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