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The Latest: Right-wing Polish leader Kaczynski says migrants carry diseases to Europe

  • Syrian refugees play in the snow at the refugee home in the former Rehberg Hospital in the Harz mountains in St. Andreasberg, Germany, Oct. 14, 2015. (Swen Pfoertner/dpa via AP)

    Syrian refugees play in the snow at the refugee home in the former Rehberg Hospital in the Harz mountains in St. Andreasberg, Germany, Oct. 14, 2015. (Swen Pfoertner/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Syrian woman carrying a baby disembarks from a ferry upon arrival from the Greek island of Lesbos at the Athens' port of Piraeus Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. The International Organization for Migration said more than 593,000 people have crossed this year — of which 453,000 traveled from Turkey to Greece, which has faced a massive influx of people from Syria. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    A Syrian woman carrying a baby disembarks from a ferry upon arrival from the Greek island of Lesbos at the Athens' port of Piraeus Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. The International Organization for Migration said more than 593,000 people have crossed this year — of which 453,000 traveled from Turkey to Greece, which has faced a massive influx of people from Syria. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

  • An elderly Syrian woman looks out from a window of a bus after her arrival aboard a ferry from the Greek island of Lesbos at the Athens' port of Piraeus Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. The International Organization for Migration said more than 593,000 people have crossed this year — of which 453,000 traveled from Turkey to Greece, which has faced a massive influx of people from Syria. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    An elderly Syrian woman looks out from a window of a bus after her arrival aboard a ferry from the Greek island of Lesbos at the Athens' port of Piraeus Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. The International Organization for Migration said more than 593,000 people have crossed this year — of which 453,000 traveled from Turkey to Greece, which has faced a massive influx of people from Syria. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

The latest news as migrants fleeing war or seeking a better life continue to make their way across Europe. All times local.

1:20 p.m.

Former Polish prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski says migrants who have arrived recently in Europe are carrying diseases that could hurt the local populations.

The words sparked a sharp rebuke on Wednesday from a left-wing politician, Janusz Palikot, who slammed Kaczynski's words as racist language that Adolf Hitler "would not be ashamed of."

Kaczynski, whose opposition Law and Justice party is expected to win parliamentary elections on Oct. 25, told voters Tuesday in Makow Mazowiecki that: "There are already signs of the emergence of very dangerous diseases which haven't been seen in Europe for a long time: cholera on Greek islands; dysentery in Vienna; various types of parasites, protozoa, which aren't dangerous in the organisms of these people, but which could be dangerous here."