Health authorities in the south China metropolis of Shenzhen have clarified rumours that the fatal Ebola virus was in town following a human Boca Virus case that was reportedly found in the city's airport on Friday.

The city's health and family planning commission said in a statement that the entry-exit inspection and quarantine bureau had not detected any Ebola case, and the reported case is of a five-year-old boy infected with the Boca Virus.

"There is some misunderstanding and panic among citizens. The Chinese names of the two diseases are a little bit similar which may cause confusion," said Peng Chaoqiong, an expert with the city's disease control and prevention center.
Boca Virus, passed through airborne transmission, makes children aged six months to three years old vulnerable to pneumonia, bronchitis, bronchop neumonia and other diseases with symptoms of cough, fever, gasping and diarrhoea.
The virus can be found in high occurrence in Autumn, Peng said.
China remains on high alert against Ebola which has killed more than 4,500 people since the world's worst outbreak of the disease began in West Africa in March.
Though no cases have been reported in China yet, the National Health and Family Planning Commission has urged medical organizations nationwide to step up preparations for potential cases.

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