As many as 170 people became ill in the days following the DOMAINFest Global Conference, which was held in Santa Monica, California from Feb. 1-3. This according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, which is investigating the mysterious illnesses.
The conference wound up in grand fashion, culminating in a grandiose party/fundraiser at the legendary Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills, and some sources were even speculating about a possible relationship between the party and the mass-illness of close to 200 of the conference’s attendees.
The department released a statement Monday confirming that the party at the Playboy Mansion was being investigated as a possible source of the illness. “The department is investigating several locations associated with this conference, including the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills,” the statement read.
The mysterious illness is suspected to Legionellosis, or Pontiac fever.
DOMAINFest Global is a conference for professionals from the Domain industry.
While it is not uncommon for domain industry gatherings to end with half the conference’s attendees sick, usually it’s from partying too hard, not an actual illness like Pontiac Fever.