Five American families linked to the US Embassy in Colombia have been struck down by suspected Havana syndrome — only one week earlier than Secretary of State Antony Blinken is scheduled to go to the nation.
Staff on the embassy in Bogota had been knowledgeable earlier this month that US officers had been investigating a number of Havana syndrome instances, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Among these affected by the mysterious sickness is a minor, in accordance to an embassy supply.
State Department spokesman Ned Price on Tuesday refused to verify the whole variety of instances linked to the embassy, citing privateness causes.
He solely mentioned at a press briefing that the US was working to guarantee these affected “get the prompt care they need.”
A US official instructed the Journal that no less than one household had been flown out of Colombia for remedy in current days.
“There was definitely a family, including a minor hit,” the supply mentioned. “Adults sign up for what they sign up for and the risks that come with it … Targeting or even incidentally hitting kids should be a hard red line.”
Havana syndrome, which is referred to by the US authorities as an anomalous well being incident, is linked to suspected radiation assaults which have stricken a whole lot of American spies and diplomats all over the world.
Symptoms embrace dizziness, nausea, migraines and reminiscence lapses. It is usually preceded by a piercing sound.
The situation received its identify from a rash of well being incidents first reported by American officers in Havana, Cuba, beginning in 2016 and 2017.
Colombian President Ivan Duque mentioned Tuesday he was conscious of the instances in Bogota however was leaving the investigation to US authorities.
(*5*) Duque instructed reporters in New York throughout an official US go to.
The Bogota instances are the newest to coincide with journey by senior US officers after Vice President Kamala Harris had to briefly delay her journey to Vietnam when potential Havana syndrome instances had been reported amongst US personnel in the embassy in Hanoi.
Attacks have additionally occurred in Germany, China, Russia and Austria.
Blinken is scheduled to go to Colombia on Oct. 20.