The illness reportedly hit two members of the National Security Council in November 2020. In fact, one of the episodes happened the day after the 2020 presidential election, and the other happened weeks later, according to CNN.
“The cases are consistent with an inexplicable constellation of sensory experiences and physical symptoms that have sickened more than 100 U.S. diplomats, spies and troops around the globe,” per CNN.
Though officials have given the illness the name “Havana Syndrome,” officials are unsure who is causing the attacks, which impact the body’s nervous system, or even if they are attacks, CNN reports,
These illnesses began making headlines at the beginning of May. Federal officials said they were looking into at least two “mysterious, invisible attacks” that sickened U.S. personnel. In fact, one of the alleged attacks happened near the White House.
The Defense Department officials said “they are increasingly concerned about the vulnerability of U.S. troops in places such as Syria, Afghanistan and various countries in South America,” Politico reports.
The mysterious ailments have reportedly been hitting members of the CIA, the State Department, the Defense Department and elsewhere for more than five years, according to The New York Times.