Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Technology Conference Outbreak Linked to Legionella Bacteria
According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, it has identified Legionella bacteria--the bacteria which causes Legionnaire's Disease--at a water source at the Playboy Mansion, the site of the DomainFest Global conference in February, which resulted in an outbreak of illness in attendees. According to the LA Times, the department is still investigating possible causes of the illness outbreak. The technology conference, held for the domain name industry every year in Los Angeles, held a fundraiser the final night of the conference at the mansion. Around 200 attendees of that fundraiser apparently fell sick from a mystery disease shortly after returning from the conference, including at least a few who were diagnosed with severe pneumonia.