A migrant boy cries as his mother washes him at the open field near their tent at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Saturday, April 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
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Having survived perilous escapes from war zones, refugees find themselves assailed anew in Europe by germs proliferating in crowded, unsanitary camps that could become outbreak hotspots, infectious disease experts have warned.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.According to refugee agencies, more than a million migrants arrived in the EU last year, and almost 180,000 so far this year -- many risking life and limb to cross the ocean in shoddy boats for a long shot at a better life.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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