Israeli researchers crack mystery of ‘Havana syndrome'

  
Via:  krishna  •  3 weeks ago  •  16 comments

Israeli researchers crack mystery of ‘Havana syndrome'
Between 2016 and 2018, about 40 Canadian and US diplomats and their families stationed in the Cuban capital mysteriously became sick . . .

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A Havana neighborhood being fumigated as a part of the fight against mosquitos carrying Zika virus in 2016. Photo by Matyas Rehak via Shutterstock.com

Between 2016 and 2018, about 40 Canadian and US diplomats and their families stationed in the Cuban capital mysteriously became sick. The so-called “Havana Syndrome” caused headaches, dizziness, loss of balance, nausea and difficulty concentrating and falling asleep.

The initial fear was that the Cubans were triggering the symptoms with some kind of sonic weapon.

Research conducted by Dr. Alon Friedman of Ben-Gurion University and colleagues at the Dalhousie University Brain Repair Center in Nova Scotia, Canada, points to a different culprit: overexposure to pesticides — in particular, fumigation to stop the spread of the Zika virus prominent around that time.

They found a correlation between the individuals most affected and the number of fumigations that were performed at their residences. Both the Cuban and Canadian authorities were fumigating more frequently than usual, according to records from the Canadian embassy.

The researchers detected different levels of damage in an area of the brain that is susceptible to neurotoxins and that can cause the kind of symptoms reported by the diplomats and their families.

The  report  says that the results “support the diagnosis of acquired brain injury.”

The report also compares the symptoms in Cuba with other neurotoxic attacks over history, including the Tokyo subway sarin gas attack in 1995 and the death of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Kuala Lumpur in 2017. Those cases resulted from high-dose exposure to neurotoxins, whereas the Cuban incidents were consistent with low-dose exposure.

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Krishna
1  seeder  Krishna    3 weeks ago

Between 2016 and 2018, about 40 Canadian and US diplomats and their families stationed in the Cuban capital mysteriously became sick. The so-called “Havana Syndrome” caused headaches, dizziness, loss of balance, nausea and difficulty concentrating and falling asleep.

The initial fear was that the Cubans were triggering the symptoms with some kind of sonic weapon.

I remember reading about that. The last I had heard was that despite a lot of investigations, the cause remained a mystery. (Some sort of silent sound-wave generating weapon was suspected but never proven).

Good to see that the mystery has finally been solved.

 
 
 
Freefaller
1.1  Freefaller  replied to  Krishna @1    3 weeks ago
They found a correlation between the individuals most affected and the number of fumigations that were performed at their residences.

Always figured this problem was the result of environmental factors, I thought the conspiracy theories of sonic weapons ridiculous given the Cubans financial inability to keep a adequate supply of even toilet paper (among other essentials) in stock

 
 
 
Kavika
2  Kavika     3 weeks ago

I remember reading about this. It didn't make any sense that the Cubans would ''attack'' Americans and Canadians. 

Happy that the mystery has been solved.  

 
 
 
Krishna
2.1  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Kavika @2    3 weeks ago
I remember reading about this. It didn't make any sense that the Cubans would ''attack'' Americans and Canadians

I also remember reading about it-- and had the same reaction.

Opening up diplomatic relations-- and trade and tourism was a "win-win" for both countries. it didn't make sense to think the Cubans would attack Americans there. 

(In fact, IIRC, there were finally some U.S. cruise ships allowed to go to Cuba ...but this was stopped after these alleged "attacks"...?)

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
2.1.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Krishna @2.1    3 weeks ago

I didn't realize that this was why we went to not communicating with Cuba. I thought it was a mutually beneficial relationship. 

 
 
 
MUVA
2.1.2  MUVA  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2.1.1    3 weeks ago

It wasn't mutually beneficial what Obama did was give the Castors and there crony's  a income stream we got sick diplomats and the ability to buy Rum and cigars.

 
 
 
Krishna
2.1.3  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2.1.1    3 weeks ago

It was.good for both the U.S. and Cuba.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.1.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Krishna @2.1.3    3 weeks ago

Especially if you were a cigar-smoker.  

Makes me recall the story about when Kinky Friedman offered Bill Clinton a Habana Cigar, and Clinton was hesitant to take it, Kinky told him:

"It's okay. Don't think of it as benefiting their economy, think of it as burning their fields."

 
 
 
Krishna
3  seeder  Krishna    3 weeks ago

“The study validates the need for us to continue to learn more about the use of pesticides and other toxins,” Friedman said. “It is a global health issue that reminds us how much we still have to learn about the impact that toxins have on our health.”

 
 
 
MUVA
3.1  MUVA  replied to  Krishna @3    3 weeks ago

I have taken many chemical handling classes for paints ,epoxys acids,cleaning chemicals they tell you at every seminar this stuff can kill you.I have seen people mix bleach with acid and almost past out because they just made chlorine gas.

 
 
 
Freefaller
3.1.1  Freefaller  replied to  MUVA @3.1    3 weeks ago
seen people mix bleach with acid and almost past out because they just made chlorine gas.

Seen that a couple times myself, it's always good for a chuckle (after the fact and if everyone is fine of course)

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3.1.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  Freefaller @3.1.1    3 weeks ago

I created chlorine gas one day by mixing Lime Away and bleach.

That was pretty stupid even for somebody who got C's in General Chemistry I and II and Organic Chemistry

There was no "hold my beer" comment tho

 
 
 
Freefaller
3.1.3  Freefaller  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.1.2    3 weeks ago
I created chlorine gas one day by mixing Lime Away and bleach

Lol no biggie, as I like to say "ain't none of us perfect".  Bet you never did that again though.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3.1.4  Trout Giggles  replied to  Freefaller @3.1.3    3 weeks ago

Nope!

 
 
 
dave-2693993
4  dave-2693993    3 weeks ago

Glad to see the Israelis got to the bottom of that mystery.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
4.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  dave-2693993 @4    3 weeks ago

Where else?

 
 
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