'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
'Pontiac Fever' Crashed Playboy Mansion Party
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)

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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