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Saturday 18 August 2018

Dozens hit by mystery sickness at Playboy HQ

Health officials in Los Angeles are investigating complaints of respiratory illnesses that reportedly affected dozens of people after a fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion.

Dozens of people were said to have become ill after the event that was part of a larger conference at the LA mansion.

The county's Department of Public Health has sent a survey to all who attended the February 3 event, saying that they had received reports of problems including pneumonia.

Some 700 people from 30 countries attended the Santa Monica conference on Internet businesses.

The county statement said investigators were looking into the cause, extent and potential sources of the illness, but did not believe it spread beyond the people who attended.

Officials from the department would give no further details on the investigation.

Elliot J Silver of New York, who runs Silver Internet Ventures, succumbed to the bug.

"It is scary everyone came down with the same thing at the same time," he said.

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