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Illness traced to Playboy Mansion spa

Illness traced to Playboy Mansion spa
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner poses during the Playmate of the Year luncheon at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles on May 3, 2007. (UPI Photo/Art Foxall) | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, April 16 (UPI) -- Guests who fell ill at a fundraiser at Playboy's Los Angeles mansion in February possibly were affected by bacteria found in a whirlpool spa, officials say.

County health officials found legionella bacteria in the swimming hole during their investigation. The bacteria is linked to a respiratory illness suffered by as many as 123 attendees to the Feb. 1-3 DomainFest fundraiser, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Health officials used Facebook and other social media to send a survey to all 715 attendees to the conference, the paper said.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, however, issued a statement Friday saying the bacteria found in the whirlpool cannot yet conclusively be cited as the cause of the respiratory condition reported by guests.

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