It’s a bit of an oversimplification, but bacteria and other infectious agents earn superbug status once they’ve developed resistance to a number of medications originally designed to wipe them out (like antibiotics). Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (commonly called MRSA) falls into that category. And perhaps the newest member of the superbug family? Gonorrhea.
Yes, gonorrhea has earned superbug status, as it is now resistant to all but one drug. Maryn McKenna, author and expert on infectious diseases, predicts the frightening future of this common STD.