LA Investigates Mysterious Playboy Mansion Illness

It's not what you're thinking

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 13, 2011 7:53 AM CST

(Newser) – Must've been something in the air, but dozens of people at a Playboy Mansion fundraiser earlier this month contracted a really ... nasty ... respiratory infection, and LA County public health officials are now investigating, reports the LA Times. Officials are surveying all 700 attendees of a conference called Domainfest global after reports of a rash of problems including pneumonia.

"It is scary everyone came down with the same thing at the same time," says one participant. "It knocked me off my feet for five days," says another, whose brother also attended and was unaffected. "I'm over it now, but I'm still feeling fatigue, which is not a good thing."

Jayde Nicole attends the 2008 Playmate Of The Year presentation at the Playboy Mansion on May 8, 2008, in Beverly Hills, California.
Jayde Nicole attends the 2008 Playmate Of The Year presentation at the Playboy Mansion on May 8, 2008, in Beverly Hills, California.   (Getty Images)
Playboy Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner's property, the Playboy Mansion, is pictured 11 January 2007 in Beverly Hills.
Playboy Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner's property, the Playboy Mansion, is pictured 11 January 2007 in Beverly Hills.   (Getty Images)
A view of Playboy Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner's property, the Playboy Mansion, is seen 11 January 2007 in Beverly Hills.
A view of Playboy Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner's property, the Playboy Mansion, is seen 11 January 2007 in Beverly Hills.   (Getty Images)
Playboy Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner's property, the Playboy Mansion, is pictured 11 January 2007 in Beverly Hills.
Playboy Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner's property, the Playboy Mansion, is pictured 11 January 2007 in Beverly Hills.   (Getty Images)
Playboy Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner's chess table is pictured in the living room of his property, the Playboy Mansion 11 January 2007 in Beverly Hills.
Playboy Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner's chess table is pictured in the living room of his property, the Playboy Mansion 11 January 2007 in Beverly Hills.   (Getty Images)
Playboy Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner's property, Playboy Mansion, is pictured 11 January 2007 in Beverly Hills.
Playboy Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner's property, Playboy Mansion, is pictured 11 January 2007 in Beverly Hills.   (Getty Images)
View of the Playboy Mansion, owned by US Playboy Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner in Beverly Hills, California, 14 October 2006.
View of the Playboy Mansion, owned by US Playboy Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner in Beverly Hills, California, 14 October 2006.   (Getty Images)
View of the Playboy Mansion, owned by US Playboy Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner in Beverly Hills, California, 14 October 2006.
View of the Playboy Mansion, owned by US Playboy Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner in Beverly Hills, California, 14 October 2006.   (Getty Images)
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