This little bacterium is listed as a “critical” superbug, according to the World Health Organization. It’s most commonly found in hospitals where infections are easy to pass along. The National Institute of Health says its rise is “largely associated with infected combat troops returning from conflict zones,” and an increase in resistant strains. Your plan of action: Always make sure to wash your hands (but not like this) and touch as few things as possible when you’re at a hospital and even a doctor’s office. Remember, even the elevator button could be harboring pathogens!
Another “critical” bug on the rise is Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which is also commonly spread in hospital environments. According to the CDC, this pathogen occurs in people with blood infections, pneumonia, infections after surgery, and in patients on breathing machines. A more mild type of Pseudomonas aeruginosa can occur after exposure to infected water, resulting in ear infections and rashes, according to the CDC. Make sure to use good hygiene practices in all hospitals, and make sure to avoid dirty or poorly cleaned pools and tubs. (Here’s how you know a pool is grosser than it looks.)