Diplomats stationed in Cuba and China who experienced mysterious symptoms possibly indicating a “sonic attack,” will receive benefits as part of a $1.4 trillion spending bill unveiled on Monday, according to a Reuters article appearing on The New York Times website.
The reports of symptoms that included dizziness, vertigo, headaches, and tinnitus, among others, were reported in 2017. Several published studies indicated that the symptoms could have resulted from microwave radiation exposure, sonic attacks, or pesticides.
Some US diplomats stationed in Havana and Guangzhou, China were recalled as a result of the symptoms, the cause of which is still unknown.
“There is still tremendous uncertainty surrounding the circumstances that led to these injuries, but that should in no way prevent our government from caring for those who have sacrificed so much in the line of duty,” Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who wrote the provision, was quoted in the article as saying.
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Source: Reuters, The New York Times