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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg donates $25 million to fight Ebola

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Facebook CEOThe Facebook online social network service chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan have announced plans to donate $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight Ebola virus.

In a statement posted to his Facebook page, Zuckerberg, said “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.”

Zuckerberg further added “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.”

Most severely affected countries, including Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone adn other areas of the world where the disease poses the greatest threat will receive the donation.

The funds will be spent through CDC Foundation to meet the urgent needs on the ground, including equipping community care centers, hiring and training local staff.

According to CDC Foundation, the money will also be spent to identify Ebola cases and tracing contacts, vehicles to be used for specimen transport, burial support, and translation services and communications.

This comes as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced earlier in September it was immediately giving $50 million to help fight the Ebola epidemic.

The microsoft cofounder Paul Allen had also announced to give $20 million to fight Ebola and launching the Tackle Ebola campaign.

The Ebola epidemic has claimed lives of more than 4,000 people and continues to rage out of control in West Africa.

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