Hugh Hefner‘s legendary Playboy mansion is being investigated after more than 80 guests reportedly complained of respiratory ailments after attending an event there earlier this month.
Los Angeles County health officials issued a statement saying it was investigating a suspected respiratory infection outbreak among dozens of guests who attended a fundraiser at the mogul’s passion pad.
TMZ reports that 700 people attended the annual DOMAINfest Global conference in Santa Monica, which ended with a gathering at Hefner’s gaff on the final day.
Scores of attendees came down with symptoms including fever, respiratory infections and violent headaches, reports the NYPost .
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The website also speculates that guests mat have been struck down with a suspected strain of Legionnaires’ disease – Legionellosis or pontiac fever.
Some guests are blaming a fog machine which was used by a DJ during a party at the pad on February 3.
Ron Jackson, whose wife, Diana, was stricken, told the NYPost: “Everybody says they became ill around 24 hours after the party. Four guys from Sweden were diagnosed with Legionellosis and they have the same symptoms as everyone else.
“I don’t want to point the finger at the Playboy mansion, but the disease lives in warm water, and people were engulfed in mist at that party.”
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A Playboy spokesman said: “There is no truth in the rumour that anyone caught anything at the Playboy mansion. Nor is there any evidence.
“None of the Playboy staff became ill, the DJ was in the middle of the fog and she didn’t get ill.
“We have been contacted by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Playboy Mansion is cooperating fully with the investigation.”
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