'Pontiac Fever' Crashed Playboy Mansion Party

Fog machine spread bacterium, attendees suspect
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2011 5:09 PM CST
WealthTV's new series "Social" hosted by Danielle Staub provides viewers with an inside tour of Sir Ivan's Castle, aka the Playboy Mansion of the Hamptons.   (PRNewsFoto/WealthTV)

(Newser) – The culprit behind the dozens of people sickened after a party at Playboy Mansion? Officials think it's Pontiac Fever, a milder form of Legionnaires' disease that's known as legionellosis. The bacterium that causes legionellosis lives inside warm water and can take root in ventilation systems; some suspect that a fog machine used at the party may have spread the disease, the LA Times reports.

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