WASHINGTON, October 14 (Hfrance.fr) - The State Department defended its handling of so-called Havana syndrome health complaints on Thursday, after a bipartisan group of US senators expressed concern about unexplained illnesseswere not taken seriously enough.
About 200 US diplomats, officials and family members abroad were reportedly stricken with the disease mysterious - with symptoms such as migraines, nausea, memory loss and dizziness. learn more
It was first brought to public attention in 2016 after dozens of diplomats from the United States Embassy in La Havana, Cuba, have complained of the disease, but officials have yet to firmly conclude the syndrome. or whether an opponent is responsible.
US Senators, including Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, a Democrat, and Republican of the committee, James Risch, wrote to Secretary of State Antony Ben on Thursday.subject. They urged him to announce a successor to Ambassador Pamela Spratlen, the official who led the State Department's investigation into the incidents, but who is resigning.
"We urge you to take this action now to demonstrate that the State Department is taking this matter seriously and is coordinating an appropriate agency-level response, " wrote Senators.
State Department spokesman Ned Price responded to the letter during a regular press briefing, stating that Ben "does not have a higher priority than the health and safety, and the safety of our workforce and their families and dependents. " He added that Ben had met people with the syndrome and had taken steps to investigate the incidents.
Fo For example, the State Department had sent teams ofSafety engineers and occupational safety experts to inspect places where health incidents have been reported, Price said.
"We take every report of an abnormal health incident extremely seriously, "he added.
Ben should travel to Bogota next next week, according to the Colombian Ministry newspaper. At least five families linked to the United States Embassy there have been affected by unexplained health incidents, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Simon Lewis report; Edited by Sandra Maler
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