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US National Guard troops joined the search for more victims in the ruins of a northern California town while the death toll climbed to 59 in the most deadly and destructive wildfire in the state's history.
The latest fatality count was announced as authorities released a revised list of 130 people reported missing after flames largely obliterated the Sierra foothills town of Paradise, about 280km north of San Francisco, last Thursday.
There has also been an outbreak of norovirus, a highly contagious gastrointestinal illness, at a shelter housing about 200 evacuees in the nearby city of Chico.
Public health agency spokeswoman Lisa Almaguer said at least 20 people may have caught the virus.
The overuse of antibiotics is becoming a major threat to long term public health, according to the Irish Pharmacy Union.
The union says health services are experiencing an increase in antibiotic resistant infections, and have said this is largely being attributed to the overuse and misuse of antibiotics.
The IPU says this will not only cripple the ability to fight routine infections, but will also undermine the treatment of more complicated infections, especially in patients with chronic diseases, and could make many surgeries impossible.
President of the IPU Daragh Connolly said: "It is essential that everyone takes responsibility for ensuring that antibiotics are only used when absolutely necessary."

WEATHER

Breezy today. A few bright or short sunny spells at first, but rather cloudy overall. Some scattered patches of drizzle and mist also, mainly this afternoon or early evening. Top temperatures 12 or 13 C.