Headaches, nausea, tinnitus – the world has been puzzling over Havana syndrome for years. Now it has also reached Switzerland. This is already known about the mysterious disease.
Havana Syndrome is a mystery to governments and intelligence agencies around the world.
It appeared in China, Russia, Austria, Serbia, Great Britain and Switzerland, among others.
The causes of the mysterious illness are still unclear.
What is Havana Syndrome?
The “Havana syndrome” is a collective term for complaints such as headaches, dizziness, tinnitus, nausea, blurred vision or sudden fear of heights, the cause of which is unclear. There were also reports of head injuries.
Where did the syndrome appear?
The syndrome first emerged in the fall of 2016 among diplomats and staff at the US Embassy in Havana. Later it also performed in China, Russia, Austria, France, Serbia, Colombia, UK and at the White House in Washington, DC. Hundreds of cases are now known in which employees of embassies and consulates around the world suddenly felt the symptoms.
Is Switzerland also affected?
Yes, in the summer of 2021 Havana syndrome also appeared in Geneva. At least three people are affected. In one case, the symptoms were so bad that the person underwent an examination in the United States.
What is the cause of the syndrome?
In 2019, researchers wrote that the ailments may be due to pesticides. Secret services suspect, however, that there could be attacks with powerful microwaves. Another theory says that these are attacks with sonic or acoustic weapons. Scientists from the USA also speak of “exposure to an energy”, a so-called “directed, pulsed radio frequency (RF) energy”. Other experts assume that the syndrome is a mental disorder. The exact cause is still unclear to this day.
How are governments responding to the syndrome?
Government officials usually speak officially of “abnormal health incidents”. The matter has now expanded into a political affair in the USA. In one case, the head of the CIA station in Vienna even lost his job because of his inactivity. A senior CIA agent and task force are now at work in the United States to investigate the syndrome. Colombia’s President Ivan Duque said: “Of course we are aware of this situation, but I want to leave it to the US authorities, who are conducting their own investigations, because their own personnel are at stake. »
What do those affected say about the syndrome?
There are only a few public statements by those affected about the syndrome. GQ magazine spoke to a CIA operative in Moscow who was suffering from symptoms in 2017. Because of his nausea, he initially thought that he had caught food poisoning. When trying to go to the bathroom, he fell several times because he felt severe dizziness. It felt like he was throwing up and fainting at the same time. Another problem was that he “didn’t hear a sound” anymore.
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