Nobody likes being ill when they're away from the comforts of home, but when reality show contestants fall ill on the air, things can get really scary. From exotic diseases to plain old exhaustion, these reality TV health scares are truly memorable.
The competition heats up, "Top Chef: Texas"If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen! Unless, of course, it's even hotter outside than in front of the stove. In the ninth season of "Top Chef," the contestants spent the entire competition working in the blistering heat of a Texas summer, and many had a hard time adapting to the intense heat. One of the hardest hit was Sarah. After slaving over a smoldering grill for several hours, she was weakened from the combination of heat and smoke. She got light-headed, and then her condition worsened. Wracked with chills and in need of oxygen, she was rushed to the hospital, leaving the rest of her team behind to pick up the slack.
The infection that killed a dream, "Project Runway"One of the strongest contestants in Season 4 of "Project Runway" was Jack Mackenroth. However, just a handful of episodes into the season, Jack had to leave the show. He had contracted a staph infection that was resistant to treatments and left "Runway" to spend an entire week in the hospital under intensive care. He made a full recovery but needed IV antibiotics twice a day to finally beat the sickness. Complicating matters was Jack's HIV+ status, a fact that had many "Runway" fans especially worried for him.
A deadly virus strikes, "Hoarding: Buried Alive"
Here's a health scare that's so unnerving, it got the public talking despite the fact that the incident didn't even happen on camera! In September of 2012, news broke that a cleaner employed by TLC's "Hoarding: Buried Alive" had contracted hantavirus. This exotic illness causes respiratory failure and can be fatal. It is believed that the cleaner was exposed to the virus when cleaning a Houston-area home where there were a lot of rodent droppings.
The latest curse victim, "Dancing With the Stars"
"Dancing With the Stars" isn't cursed, but sometimes it seems like it could be. That's because so many people are injured while preparing for the complicated dance routines. Melissa Gilbert hit her head during a paso doble performance and was rushed to the hospital where she was treated for a concussion. Previously, "DWTS" had seen other stars get injured: perhaps most notably, Steve-O had to see multiple doctors after falling on his mic pack during a flip stunt.