Published on: August 26, 2021



What is in news : US Vice president has reached out to people suffering from Havana syndrome

What :

  • Series of unexplained medical symptoms
  • First experienced by U.S. State Department personnel who were based in Cuba in 2016
  • Symptoms associated with the syndrome includes headache, dizziness, fatigue, anxiety, nausea, cognitive difficulties and memory loss of varying severity
  • Comprehensive analysis by a U.S. scientific panel pointed that exposure to a type of directed energy is the main culprit

What did US do :

  • State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency have established an internal task force to investigate the matter.
  • Helping American Victims Afflicted by Neurological Attacks (HAVANA) Act was also passed unanimously in Congress. It will authorize additional medical and financial support to the intelligence officers and diplomats affected