News Report

Intermediate level

Superbug threat

Episode 160531 / 31 May 2016

Step 1: Listen

You're going to hear a genuine BBC news report from 27th May, 2016. Before you listen, read these three summaries:

1. A new superbug has been found which can’t be cured by antibiotics.

2. A new superbug has been found which can only be cured by Colistin.

3. A new antibiotic has been developed which can cure superbugs.

Step 2: Learn the key words and listen again

How was that? Try listening again. Here are three definitions of key vocabulary items which may help you.

resistant
not affected or harmed by something

antibiotics
a drug that is used to kill harmful bacteria and to cure infections

strain
(here) a group of closely related plants or animals

Step 3: Transcript and answer

Health officials in the United States say a superbug resistant to all known antibiotics has been found in the country for the first time.
The case involves a woman infected with a strain of the E.coli bacteria resistant to Colistin, an antibiotic of last resort.

Answer

1. A new superbug has been found which can’t be cured by antibiotics.

This bulletin comes from BBC World Service Radio.

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