Refugees and migrants stand outside a passenger terminal used as shelter for refugees and migrants at the port of Piraeus near Athens, on March 9, 2016. / AFP / ANGELOS TZORTZINIS
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Greece was desperately trying Wednesday to coax thousands of refugees into abandoning an increasingly-unsanitary camp at its Macedonia border as health fears grew after a string of nations shut their borders.The Greek government says there are nearly 36,000 migrants and refugees in the country, but police in the north said there were another 4,000 people not accounted for in the figures, bringing the total to around 40,000 .With heavy rainfall in Idomeni almost every day and the risk of infectious diseases rising, Greece's state health watchdog Keelpno Wednesday dispatched two mobile units to the border to vaccinate children suffering from the cold, rain and poor sanitary conditions.Greek officials have had difficulty persuading people to relocate to other camps further inland as many fear they could be forced to spend months there.
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