The Zika virus joins a long list of public health scares now that it has been declared as an emergency situation. It isn’t a hazardous threat, but it causes mild illness symptoms and can lead to irregular birth defects within pregnant women. This disease can be spread through mosquito bites and it is the latest public health scare in a long string of things to worry about in the world. Here are some of the biggest health scares that may or may not have been very dangerous.
Better known as the abbreviation HFCS, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2004 believed that it’s been a leading factor of the country’s obesity problem and even stated that the amount in soda is the same as poison. Eight years later, proof came out that HFCS wasn’t nearly as bad as the previous study made it to be.
This was a potential disaster in 2009 that never panned out in its deadly prediction. The World Heatlh Organization expected millions of deaths, but it didn’t do much to alter the annual rate that people die from influenza, which ranges from 250,000 to 500,000. A year later, a German magazine famously proclaimed it as a staged event and for the WHO to cash in with drug companies.