NBC News – Bipartisan deal on gun control unveiled

A bipartisan group of senators Thursday unveiled legislation that would improve background checks for gun sales. The bill, crafted by Sens. John Cornyn, R.-Texas, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., would incentivize states to strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Check system to ensure all background check information is uploaded.

NPR – What if we treated gun violence like a public health crisis?

When a new disease, particularly an infectious disease, enters the community … we have a mechanism to anticipate it, track it, get our arms around it,” Dr. Georges Benjamin says. “We do that when we have measles, mumps, chicken pox, zika. But firearm-related death and disability, we don’t.” That kind of prior knowledge could lead to policies that reduce the toll of gun injuries without cutting off access to them.

Associated Press – California officials probe source of Legionnaires’ cases

Southern California health officials investigating the source of a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak are looking beyond Disneyland, where two cooling towers were recently disinfected after high levels of the bacteria were found. The Los Angeles Times reports Thursday that Legionnaires’ has sickened a total of 15 people, two of whom have died. Eleven of those visited Disneyland in September.

Wall Street Journal – Madagascar wrestles with worst outbreak of plague in half a century Madagascar, the tropical island nation off Africa’s southeast coast, is scrambling to contain its worst outbreak of plague in at least 50 years. The country’s health ministry reported 2,119 probable cases from Aug. 1 to Nov. 10, including 171 deaths.