Mark Zuckerberg to donate $25 million to help fight Ebola

October 14, 2014 18:42

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan will donate $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight Ebola, the Facebook CEO said on Tuesday.

In a post to his official Facebook page, the 30-year-old entrepreneur said the deadly diseaese was at a "critical turning point," and needed to be addressed in the "near term" so as to prevent it from spreading further.

He warned that Ebola could become "a long term global health crisis" if it does not get under control, and that the US could end up fighting it for decades, as it did HIV and polio.

Zuckerberg said the grant would empower the CDC and experts in the health care community, as well as responders in the frontines, adding that it would hopefully, "help save lives and get this outbreak under control."

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