It sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, but it is completely real and it is happening right in front of our eyes.
This mysterious syndrome first reared its head back in 2016, when people who were working the Cuban embassy reported negative effects and hearing a strange noise.
There are also people who have studied the people who were affected by this phenomenon in Cuba and noticed that they had brain changes as a result of the syndrome.
No one knows for sure what is going on here, but if you listen to the victims talk about the symptoms they experienced, it does sound a lot like an acoustic attack.
Here is more from CNN:
A US State Department spokesperson said Saturday: “In coordination with our partners across the US Government, we are vigorously investigating reports of possible unexplained health incidents among the US Embassy Vienna community or wherever they are reported.”
Victims of Havana Syndrome have reported a varying set of symptoms and physical sensations, including sudden vertigo, nausea, headaches and head pressure, sometimes accompanied by a “piercing directional noise.”
Some reported being able to “step in” and “step out” of these sensations by physically moving their bodies elsewhere. Some have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries and continue to suffer from debilitating
headaches and other health issues years later.
Since the incidents began in late 2016 in Cuba, US federal investigators have struggled to determine what — or who — is causing the mysterious symptoms.
“Finding evidence of brain change doesn’t provide evidence of brain injury or damage,” said Dr Jon Stone, a professor of neurology at the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, who was not involved in the study.
Dr Sergio Della Sala, a professor of human cognitive neuroscience, also at the University of Edinburgh, noted that 12 of the affected workers who had a history of concussion prior to going to Cuba were included in the analyses.
“In comparison, none of the controls declared previous brain injury. This in itself could cause statistical group differences,” Della Sala said.
Skeptics have challenged State Department assertions that some unknown weapon had attacked the workers.
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