Kamala Harris trip delayed over possible ‘Havana syndrome’ case

Kamala Harris trip delayed over possible 'Havana syndrome' case
Ms Harris flew to Hanoi from Singapore on Tuesday. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Kamala Harris’s flight to Vietnam was delayed due to an “anomalous health incident” with similarities to so-called Havana syndrome, reports say. Her flight was delayed by several hours, according to reports.

The mysterious syndrome first affected staff at the US embassy in Cuban capital Havana in 2016 and may be caused by directed microwave radiation.

The US Vice President was in Singapore ahead of her visit to Vietnam at the time of the incident in Hanoi.

It is not clear who was affected.

The incident in Hanoi is similar to previous incidents of Havana syndrome reported elsewhere, CBS News reported.

The US State Department said in a statement that Ms Harris’s departure from Singapore to the Vietnamese capital was delayed after reports of a “possible anomalous health incident” there.

“After careful assessment”, Ms Harris and her delegation decided to continue the trip to Hanoi, where she has now arrived, the State Department added.

CBS News reported quoting a senior official that at least one official had to be medically evacuated over the weekend.

The incident is not the first case of Havana syndrome reported in Vietnam.

Two officials were evacuated after “acoustic” incidents were reported in the homes of two US diplomats, according to NBC News.

Since the syndrome was first reported in 2016 in Cuba, cases of the condition have been reported elsewhere in the world, including China and, last month, in Austria.

Hundreds of US spies, diplomats and other personnel have reportedly fallen ill with symptoms including nausea, ear ringing and severe headaches.

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