Charles Abior and his family have been doing business in China for more than 40 years, but this debonair Nigerian says he was denied entry to the recent Canton trade fair because of fears he was an Ebola carrier.
Now police call his hotel regularly and government doctors show up to check his temperature every few days. "I keep telling them, Nigeria is Ebola free," says the frustrated businessman, who buys cosmetics in China and sells them in Nigeria.
Africans around the world – even those from countries far removed from the west African nations most affected by the virus – are feeling the brunt of public panic from locals who fear they may catch the virus from them.
China, with its 1.4 billion population and overcrowded cities, has had no confirmed cases of Ebola, and controls on the media appear to have kept the level of public concern relatively low. Beijing will do whatever it takes to keep Ebola out of China, including in effect banning some Africans from the Canton fair and enlisting hotels to help monitor others.
After being turned away from the fair, Mr Abior traveled to Yiwu, the vast international market town in eastern China where African traders come in their thousands to buy everything from rubber gloves and hairbands, to bedsheets and women's underwear, from 200,000 vendors. Yiwu is on the front line of Beijing's efforts to keep Ebola out of China, along with Guangzhou, host of the Canton fair.
Lin Songtian, head of the Africa bureau at the foreign ministry, told a press conference that "China has instituted strict controls at airports and customs entry ports, in line with worldwide practice".