Several families associated with the U.S. Embassy in Colombia are reporting symptoms related to the affliction, U.S. media reports.
Colombian President Ivan Duque has said his government is aware of cases of so-called “Havana Syndrome” at the US Embassy in Bogota, but is leaving the investigation to Washington.
At least five American families associated with the Embassy in Colombia have exhibited symptoms related to the mysterious affliction, including headaches, nausea and possible brain damage, the Wall Street Journal reported.
“Of course we are aware of this situation, but I want to leave it to the US authorities, who are carrying out their own investigation, because these are their own staff,” Duque told reporters in New York on Tuesday during a visit. official at the Visit to the USA.
The Colombian cases are just the latest of dozens of ‘Havana Syndrome’ cases experienced by US diplomats and intelligence officials since 2016 – first in Cuba, then in China, Germany, Australia, Taiwan and in the American capital.
US President Joe Biden on Friday signed a law granting financial support to victims of the mysterious disease.
Havana law provides financial compensation for members of the State Department and the CIA who suffer from brain damage caused by what officials suspect to be microwave-directed attacks.
The cause of the illnesses has not been fully diagnosed and the identity of the perpetrator, if any, has not been disclosed.
The Cuban government has investigated the matter and has repeatedly dismissed the United States’ statements on the matter as disinformation.
The U.S. Embassy in Bogota, one of the largest in the world, includes a large contingent of officers working in both intelligence and counter-narcotics operations, in addition to diplomats and personnel from career.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken is due to visit the country on October 20.