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Hefner's Hot Tub

Updated on July 9, 2011

Hugh Hefner's Hot Tub

The hot tub in Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles has been examined as a possible cause of a Legionnaires' Disease (Legionellosis) outbreak. Samples of water taken by the city health department definitely found a strain of the legionella bacterium to be present. In spite of the findings investigators cannot positively state if the hot tub was the actual cause of the outbreak.

The outbreak began after 700 guests and internet investors from some 30 different countries attended a DomainFest conference back in February. Sixty nine guests actually became ill on the night of the party and one hundred and twenty three showed some symptoms. Three of these proved positive for the H1N1 Flu Virus.

Hot Tub Party


Hot Tubs Pose A Risk

The hot tub along with many other water associated activities in both domestic and commercial venues has long been recognised as providing a possible risk for Legionellosis if it should become contaminated. This includes swimming pools, spas and hot tubs. Though the Legionnaire bacteria is capable of surviving quite low temperatures it only really becomes a problem in warm humid conditions such as those provided in and around hot tubs. Here it will reproduce quite rapidly. Hot tubs represent a significant risk.

Very recently a Scottish leisure company was fined £120,000 for breaches of health and safety which led to the death of one of their guests. This was as a direct result of Legionnaires Disease.

Infection by the Legionella bacteria can be extremely serious in some cases. It is of particular concern to the elderly, smokers and those with asthma or similar lung complaints.

Legionnaires' Disease: What You Need to Know

Bear In Hot Tub


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  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    7 years ago from South East Asia

    Hello, hello, - I am sure he will get his chance.

  • Hello, hello, profile image

    Hello, hello, 

    7 years ago from London, UK

    Gosh, that is terrible. Poor old boy can't get into the hot tub with his new wife.

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    7 years ago from South East Asia

    Thanks Alicia. Yes it does sound like an unpleasant condition. Sadly becoming more common these days.

  • AliciaC profile image

    Linda Crampton 

    7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    Interesting and useful information! I've never suffered from Legionnaires disease and hope I never do- it sounds very unpleasant.

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    7 years ago from South East Asia

    You are right Eiddwen. I reckon you could spend all year just reading hubpages without ever straying onto the rest of the internet.

    Stay Safe

  • Eiddwen profile image


    7 years ago from Wales

    A great hub Peter and I think that this is one of the things that I love about Hubpages, all the variety of topics there are to read.

    Thank you for sharing and I push all the buttons here.

    take care


  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    7 years ago from South East Asia

    It is one of lifes experiences that has so far evaded me Barbara. Thanks for reading.

  • Barbara Kay profile image

    Barbara Badder 

    7 years ago from USA

    Your hub makes me not want to get in a hot tub again.


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