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Treating Gun Violence like an Infectious Disease

When the American epidemiologist Dr Gary Slutkin returned to the US after years of working abroad on HIV, cholera and tuberculosis, he was struck by how much the spread of gun violence in cities like Chicago and Baltimore reminded him of the spread of disease.

Photo: Rifles stick out of a trash bin at a Los Angeles Police Department Gun Buyback Program event held in December 2012. Credit: AFP/ Getty/ Joe Klamar


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