Senators call on Blinken to appoint someone to lead efforts to address 'Havana syndrome'

(CNN) A bipartisan group of senators called on Secretary of State Antony Blinken to appoint a new senior official to lead the State Department's efforts to address ongoing anomalous health incidents, also known as "Havana Syndrome," saying the incidents reflect "a significant, unmitigated threat to our national security."
The lawmakers -- led by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, ranking Republican member Jim Risch, and Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen -- said they "are extremely alarmed that reports of these incidents continue to grow."
"We believe this threat deserves the highest level of attention from the State Department, and remain concerned that the State Department is not treating this crisis with the requisite senior-level attention that it requires," they wrote.
"Further, while there has been progress, we continue to hear concerns that the Department is not sufficiently communicating with or responding to diplomats who have been injured from these attacks," they wrote.
"We are also concerned that the Department is insufficiently engaged in interagency efforts to find the cause of these attacks, identify those responsible, and develop a plan to hold them accountable."
CNN has reached out to the State Department for comment.