A migrant wrapped in a blanket to keep warm waits at a registration camp in southern Serbian town of Presevo.
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that could become outbreak hotspots, infectious disease experts have warned.Their systems weakened by physical exhaustion, a lack of safe food, clean water and medicine, refugees are sitting-duck targets for entirely preventable diseases that can scar, maim, even kill.Most of these illnesses have long been relegated to Europe's past: scabies, measles, tuberculosis, cholera and typhoid fever, concerned doctors and academics told a conference in Amsterdam this weekend.More and more refugees will arrive from countries where such illnesses remain widespread.Europe has struggled to deal with the influx of refugees from countries in Africa and the Middle East ravaged by war and poverty.Europe's health systems were overburdened, the experts pointed out, calling for more money and a coordinated approach to disease screening and treatment.Speakers stressed the real risk of refugees setting off disease outbreaks among host populations was negligible.
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