HealthDay News – A mysterious disease that has inflicted brain injuries on more than 130 spies, diplomats, soldiers and other US employees overseas in recent years is under an in-depth investigation on Wednesday, according to the New York Times.
The number of Americans affected is far higher than previously reported. The first 60 cases involved China and Cuba and did not include a group of CIA officials as this information is not public. The new total includes cases from Europe and other Asian countries. At least three CIA officers reported serious health effects from episodes overseas. One occurred within the last two weeks and all of them had to be treated at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center or other facilities, according to The Times.
In a 2019 case that had not previously been reported, a foreign serving military officer was overwhelmed with nausea and headaches while driving. His 2 year old son started crying. After the officer left the intersection, his nausea stopped and the child stopped crying. Government officials believe the official has been targeted. This incident prompted the Trump and Biden administrations to conduct further investigations.
Officials have failed to determine who or what is responsible for the episodes or whether the attacks were, in fact, involved. Some Pentagon officials believe Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU, is most likely responsible, but intelligence agencies have not determined the cause or whether a foreign country is involved, the Times said. Moscow has denied any involvement.
Some victims experience debilitating headaches, sudden dizziness, nausea, and headache or neck pain. Some victims experience chronic symptoms and pain, suggesting possible permanent brain damage. Walter Reed’s doctors are concerned that victims could be at risk of suicide, The Times reported.
The riddle was first reported in 2016 by diplomats and CIA officials in Havana who were suffering from dizziness, nausea and headaches. Similar episodes have occurred in Russia, the Times said.
The New York Times article