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Havana Syndrome panic: Scientists baffled as new cases sweep across Europe

Havana Syndrome sufferer labels condition 'act of war'

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Three diplomats became ill in the Swiss city and one in the French capital last summer. Havana syndrome first emerged in Cuba in 2016, particularly affecting those working at the US embassy in Havana.

There have only been around 200 cases worldwide.

It has affected US diplomats, spies, officials and family members, as well as a number of Canadian diplomatic staff deployed in Cuba.

Some who experienced Havana syndrome were left with dizziness and fatigue for months.

Before more was known about the illness, there were fears an adversary might have targeted diplomats with microwaves.

In 2016, the US was quick to blame the Cuban government for the illness.

A charge they strenuously defined.

After extensive research the US was unable to prove Cuban involvement.

According to media reports, one person was evacuated from Switzerland to the US for medical treatment after suffering from the syndrome.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the American government was trying to solve the mystery. 

He said: “To date, we don’t know exactly what’s happened and we don’t know exactly who is responsible.

“We are working overtime across the entire government to get to the bottom of what happened, who’s responsible.”

Russia, China and the US have all researched using microwaves for military purposes.

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Another unproven theory is that the syndrome is related to some sort of mass condition brought about by a stressful situation. 

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