The CIA has tapped the lead officer involved in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden to find the cause of “Havana Syndrome.” This mysterious illness has impacted about 100 CIA officers, diplomats, and spies in Cuba, China, Austria Russia, and now Washington. 

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The syndrome is unexplained, while US scientists say that it is most probably caused by directed microwave radiation.  CIA Director Willaim Burns said on Thursday that around 200 US officials have fallen sick by “Havana Syndrome.” Burns says he has redoubled the agency’s effort to uncover the cause behind the syndrome. 

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Further, he confirmed that he has tapped a senior officer who once led the hunt for Osama bin Laden to head a task force investigating the syndrome and he has tripled the size of the medical team involved in the probe. Burns said he had spent a great deal of time and energy on this assignment in the last four months to get to the bottom of the question of what and who caused this. 

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Havana Syndrome was first discovered in Cuba in 2016-17, the US and Canadian have complained of symptoms like migraines, dizziness, loss of balance, hearing loss, memory loss, and anxiety to something they described as “cognitive fog”. The syndrome first appeared in 2016 at the US Embassy in Havana, where more than 40 diplomats complained about the symptoms. 

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A US academic study found “brain abnormalities” in the diplomats in 2019, who had fallen ill. However, Cuba dismissed the report. In the years since the US accused Cuba of carrying out “sonic attacks”. Officials are still unclear on the causes of the syndrome.