Some Miss Earth Delegates Withdraw from the Contest Due To Ebola Epidemic

By Ambika Thakur | 3 years ago
Some Miss Earth Delegates Withdraw from the Contest Due To Ebola Epidemic
İlknur Melis Durası who is the titleholder of Miss Earth Turkey 2012/Kurgu Karga

Ebola catastrophe continues to take more lives and spread the threat among people. Several Miss Earth candidates from Africa have withdrawn from the 14th edition of the prestigious beauty pageant. The contest will be held at the newly renovated University of the Philippines (UP) Theater in Diliman, Quezon City on Nov. 29, 2014. Read on  Movie News Guide (MNG's) report for Miss Earth 2014 details.

According to Manila Bulletin, Miss Philippines-Earth vice president Lorraine Shuck confirmed their withdrawal while signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with a pageant sponsor at The Fort in Taguig City. 

“We have received e-mails from some of our national directors in Africa and they informed us that they will not send delegates this year. There were no reasons given for the withdrawal, but we believe that the Ebola crisis has something to do with it, “There are four or five candidates from Africa who will not join this year. Our official candidates will be presented to the press early next month,” stated Schuck.

The delegated who have withdrawn from the Miss Earth 2014 include South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and South Africa. An Ebola pandemic is continuing in some West African countries. It has spread to Mali, Spain, and the US.

Despite the withdrawal of some candidates, Miss Earth remains to be one of the major pageants in terms of the number of participants with 90 Miss Earth candidates. It was confirmed by Schuck.

Because of Ebola, African immigrants who are being detested in the US. Eschewed by friends and forced to leave their jobs.  Oretha Bestman-Yates, a healthcare worker in New York, allegedly banned from returning to her job after a trip to Liberia despite 21 days of quarantine and no symptoms of the virus.

As of Oct. 15, 2014, there have been 17 cases of Ebola treated outside of Africa.  Four of whom have passed away. The virus spread outside Africa in early October when a  44-year-old Spanish nurse named Teresa Romero, contracted Ebola after taking caring for a priest who had been sent back from West Africa. Reportedly the Health Ministry of Russia has developed a vaccine called Triazoverin, which is said to be useful against both Ebola and Marburg filoviruses. Triazoverin might be available for clinical trials in West Africa in the early 2015.

And that’s it for MNG’s Miss Earth 2014 update. For more details coming up about the pageant including, host, performances question and answers round, controversies and fashion reviews, stay tuned here at Movie News Guide (MNG). Check out the video below:

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Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/ Kurgu Karga



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