Nation Must Come Together to Tackle Havana Syndrome

Nation Must Come Together to Tackle Havana Syndrome
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In late August, members of Vice President Kamala Harris’ advanced entourage during a trip to Vietnam reported “anomalous health incidents” that were assessed to be similar to what has been referred to as “Havana syndrome.”

U.S. personnel in Germany have also reported symptoms and signs of what is suspected to be Havana syndrome. This phenomenon — first identified in 2016 by reports from governmental personnel working at the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba — is a cluster of subjective symptoms and objective signs that include feelings of pressure in the head, vertigo and an array of cognitive effects such as loss of vigilance, problems concentrating, difficulty with learning and remembering, and impairments of “executive function,” which is defined as planning and enacting various activities of daily living.

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