Playboy Mansion Hot Tub Linked To Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreak

There’s something feverish floating around the Playboy Mansion — and we’re not talking about the models in two-piece.

A jacuzzi at the famous party house has tested positive for the bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s Disease after almost 200 people fell ill at an event hosted on the grounds last February. The legionella bacteria can cause a milder illness called Pontiac Fever, which is what most of the guests suffered. Pontiac Fever symptoms include fever, respiratory problems, and headaches. Following a two-month investigation, the Los Angeles County Health Department has confirmed that the hot tub was the cause of the outbreak. The jacuzzi is frequently used by Playboy centerfolds, who live on the estate with the magazine’s founder Hugh Hefner and frequently party with his celebrity guests.

The people who fell ill were at the mansion to mark the end of the three-day DOMAINFest Global Conference on Internet business. More than 120 people came down with symptoms of fever and vomiting after attending a fund-raising party at the fabled Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles in February. About 700 people from 30 countries attended the conference with 69 falling ill on the same day. Officials contacted 439 people and found that up to 200 of them had a fever.