Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has donated $25 million to fight Ebola. The disease, which has claimed nearly 4, 000 lives so far, mainly in Africa, but with one casualty in the U.S. and another American citizen infected, has been compared to the SARS outbreak in Asia, but some feel the threat could be as big as that of Aids or polio. There are an estimated 8, 400 people worldwide currently infected. There are projections that a million people could be affected in the next few months, Zuckerberg writes, as reported by USA today.
Mark Zuckberg and his wife Priscilla are donating the sum to the CDC foundation, and on a Facebook status, the Facebook founder says the path of the disease is “at a critical turning point.” He adds, “We believe our grant is the quickest way to empower the CDC and experts to prevent this outcome. Grants like this directly help the front-line responders in their heroic work. These people are on the ground setting up care centers, training local staff, identifying Ebola cases, and so much more.”
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The money will go to the U.S.Centers of Disease Control and Ebola response efforts in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and other areas of the world.