Bird/Swine Flu: Strains of Avian Influenza/H5N1/influenza A, whatever you called it, started spreading in Europe in 2005 with fears of a pandemic sweeping the world. The infection spread to thousands of birds, and was a cause for alarm for humans because there was no immunity to the disease.
A similar and more recent outbreak of Swine Flu/H1N1 caused a fear of a pandemic in 2009 when cases started showing up in humans. The nation sought out the limit supply of vaccines to prevent contracting the deadly disease before the pandemic threat ended in 2010.
Remember being warned about these “catastrophes”? Which one were you most concerned about creating a huge disaster but then just fizzled out?