Havana Syndrome is still an unknown illness and the United States does not know where it came from, State Department spokesperson Antony Blinken said in an interview on Thursday after more American diplomats fell ill in Paris and Geneva.
In addition to about 200 diplomats, officials and family members overseas suffering from the illness, Blinken said the entire federal government is trying to find the cause.
In an interview with MSNBC, Blinken said that we are not sure what exactly happened and who was responsible.
On Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported that additional illnesses had been reported among U.S. diplomats serving in Paris and Geneva, where the United States and Russia held security talks over Moscow’s troop buildup near Ukraine’s border on Monday.
Despite discussing the illnesses with the Russians, Blinken believes the United States cannot yet determine who is responsible.
Migraines, nausea, memory loss, dizziness, and migraines are some of the symptoms of the mysterious condition. This was first brought to the attention of U.S. officials in Cuba’s capital in 2016.
As a member of the State Department, Blinken has met with employees around the world who have described the illnesses and how they have been disrupted their lives by these incidents.
Blinken said, In my mind there is no doubt that people have been directly and powerfully affected.
“The entire federal government is working overtime to find out what has happened and who is to blame. We also are taking steps to provide the best possible care to those who are affected, as well as to protect all of our people.”