Report: Playboy mansion visitors acquire respiratory infection, for a change

Those of us who've been around the block in Hollywood a few times know to associate the Playboy Mansion with sleaze 'n' disease, but legionellosis is a new one. 170 mansion visitors are said to have acquired an illness that may be caused by this bacterium, according to this Los Angeles Times article. It's a "milder form of Legionnaires' disease caused by a bacterium that grows in warm water and can take root in hot tubs or parts of air-conditioning systems, according to the CDC." / UPDATE: health investigators say that people who became sick visited several locations, and the Playboy Mansion may or may not have been the culprit.

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  1. It also enjoys growing in your faucet aerators. It’s a good idea to clean them occasionally.

  2. One of my first jobs was in a microbiology lab working on Legionnaire’s disease, back when it was more of a mystery. The fog machine, definitely. The Grotto is probably teeming with another bug we worked on, Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

  3. There are two extra details that make this *EXTRA* delicious:

    1) The group was there for an anti-vax fundraiser and
    2) the victims are all professional domain squatters or wannabe squatters.

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of fuckers.

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