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The U.S. Government and Havana Syndrome

Updated: Apr 13, 2023

What actions have been taken to tackle Havana Syndrome?



U.S. officials overseas first reported symptoms as early as 2016 at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba. These symptoms were very debilitating. Symptoms include: vertigo, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), fatigue, nausea, and more. It wasn't long before noticing that this wasn't happening to any regular American civilians, but to many U.S. diplomats.





The US Embassy in Havana Cuba, which was reestablished in 2015





Investigations


Upon learning about the reports of what has come to be known as Havana Syndrome, the United States opened investigations to learn more. According to an article on CBS News, "the CIA, FBI, and State Department are investigating a theory that some of these officials were injured by an unseen weapon."

The Biden Administration's Response

So far, while it seems the U.S. isn't definite on what is causing these symptoms, the Biden Administration is now offering support to victims of Havana Syndrome. The Havana Act of 2021 will provide payments to those who suffer from neurological symptoms, or brain injuries. There are two compensations - the first one, 75% of a level 3 government salary (which is roughly $140,000) and the second one, $187,000. Which is equal to a level 3 government salary. Determination of what compensation goes to who, will be based on eligibility due to brain injuries.

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