Legionnaires’ disease found at Playboy Mansion

Legionnaires’ disease found at Playboy Mansion: Los Angeles County health officials say the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease was found in a hot tub at the Playboy Mansion where scores of people became ill after attending a fundraiser in February.

What is Legionnaires’ disease?
Legionellosis is a potentially fatal infectious disease caused by Gram negative, aerobic bacteria belonging to the genus Legionella. Legionella bacterium also causes Pontiac fever, a milder illness resembling the flu. Separately or together, the two illnesses are sometimes called legionellosis. Pontiac fever usually clears on its own. But untreated Legionnaires' disease can be fatal. Although prompt treatment with antibiotics usually cures Legionnaires' disease, some people continue to experience problems after treatment.

You can't catch Legionnaires' disease from person-to-person contact. Instead, most people get Legionnaires' disease from inhaling the bacteria. Older adults, smokers and people with weakened immune systems are particularly susceptible to Legionnaires' disease. (source)

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