Mark Zuckerberg Donates $25 Million to the CDC for Ebola Research

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The Ebola epidemic is getting out of hand and spreading fast and Mark Zuckerberg is hoping to slow it down. The Founder of Facebook and his wife Priscilla Chan donate $25 million to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to support Ebola research and help fight against the epidemic.

In a statement on Facebook the billionaire CEO revealed to his followers that he was making the donation:

Priscilla and I are donating $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight Ebola. The Ebola epidemic is at a critical turning point. It has infected 8,400 people so far, but it is spreading very quickly and projections suggest it could infect 1 million people or more over the next several months if not addressed.

We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn’t spread further and become a long term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio.

We believe our grant is the quickest way to empower the CDC and the experts in this field to prevent this outcome. 

Grants like this directly help the frontline responders in their heroic work. These people are on the ground setting up care centers, training local staff, identifying Ebola cases and much more.

We are hopeful this will help save lives and get this outbreak under control.To learn more about the fight against Ebola:http://www.cdcfoundation.org/ebola-outbreak

Clearly Mark Zuckerberg thinks that the virus isn’t under control and he hopes his generous donation will make a difference in this current crisis.

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