L.A. Health Department Launches Investigation Of Playboy Mansion

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So far this drama is looking like a remake of Outbreak, except the Ebola monkey is played by an 80-year-old pornographer. New reports say that the Los Angeles Health Department is investigating the Playboy Mansion outbreak. Believed to have started Feb. 3 at a Mansion fund-raising event, the Playboy outbreak has infected 170 guests with legionellosis, or Pontiac fever, which is just the kind of old-timey illness you would immediately associate with Hugh Hefner.

The bacteria involved typically grows in warm water, like the half-water, half-tanning oil swamp known as the Playboy Grotto, and so far the investigation has centered on Mansion employees who worked the week of Feb. 3. In their attempt to ascertain if the Grotto itself caused the outbreak, employees were given a survey with such questions as, “When you worked at the Mansion, did you spend any time near any of the following water features?” then lists the “Grotto/pool” and “Dance floor near fog machine.” Employees were also asked they suffered symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea and shortness of breath, proving once and for all that Hef’s bottle of baby oil is only the second, maybe even third, biggest source of contamination at the Mansion.

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