Definition of superbug
: a pathogenic microorganism and especially a bacterium that has developed resistance to the medications normally used against it
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Future bills might come due from climate change, equal pay, board diversity, human rights, environmental degradation and the drug-resistant superbugs that threaten human health.
One extremely drug-resistant superbug outbreak that wore on for nearly two years killed eight children in the hospital’s cancer ward.
One 21-month superbug outbreak killed eight children in the hospital’s cancer ward.
And now that the bacteria which cause the disease is morphing into a superbug, developing new treatments is key.
Among the AP’s findings: — Overcrowding and poor hygiene contributed to deadly infection, including one 21-month superbug outbreak in the cancer ward that killed eight children.
CARB-X is a $450 million, global, public-private partnership aimed at combating antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
Baking soda could help fight deadly superbugs by making tests of drug-resistant microbes more effective.
Research published in June of last year found seagulls in England and China were capable of carrying a superbug resistant to even the strongest antibiotics.
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Medical Definition of superbug
: a pathogenic microorganism and especially a bacterium that has developed resistance to the medications normally used against it The rise of superbugs that can survive multiple antibiotics—such as MRSA, the notorious “flesh-eating bacterium”—has turned once-trivial infections into persistent problems.—Valerie Ross, Discover, 7 Sept. 2010
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