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  • n. A strain of bacteria that is resistant to all antibiotics.

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  • n. A strain of bacteria that has become resistant to many antibiotics.
  • n. An insect, Bemisia tabaci, that is a serious pest.

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  • n. a strain of pest accidentally imported into Florida from the Middle East then spread to California where it is a very serious pest feeding on almost all vegetable crops and poinsettias
  • n. a strain of bacteria that is resistant to all antibiotics


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  • They were victims of a scary "superbug" - a bacterial staph infection for which there is now no known cure.

    Danny Schechter: In the Age of the Superbugs: What is the Remedy?

  • MELISSA BLOCK, host: A so-called superbug has made its way to this country from India.

    Doctor: Be Vigilant, Don't Panic About Superbug

  • CHETRY: Well after Brazilian supermodel was killed by an infection now known as the superbug, there are new concerns about this drug-resistant bacteria, how common is it, and if you wind up in a hospital, could you be in danger of catching an infection like this as well?

    CNN Transcript Feb 18, 2009

  • This idea that you can actually take gator blood, it could possibly use in some way to treat burns, ulcerations, even what is known as the superbug, MRSA.

    CNN Transcript Apr 8, 2008

  • HARRIS: You know, we have been hearing a lot about the so-called superbug this week with deaths reported in Virginia and Georgia.

    CNN Transcript Oct 20, 2007

  • So some very tough feelings out here about the death of this young man from what is now being called the superbug -- Don.

    CNN Transcript Oct 26, 2007

  • Medical experts attribute the emergence of the so-called superbug to three factors: the indiscriminate use of antibiotics; patients failing to use all their prescribed antibiotics; and the use of antibiotics in animal feed.

    CNN Transcript Oct 20, 2007

  • And after the broadest look yet at its impact, the government says the so-called superbug has moved from hospitals where it first became known to schools, locker rooms and now prisons.

    CNN Transcript Oct 17, 2007

  • In Virginia, the school attended by a teen who died on Monday of the so-called superbug has reopened after a thorough cleaning.

    CNN Transcript Oct 18, 2007

  • Sanjay, why are so many experts alarmed by this germ, this so-called superbug?

    CNN Transcript Oct 17, 2007


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