Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife announced today (Oct. 14, 2014) that they are donating $25 million to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control foundation to fight the Ebola virus that has made its way to the United States.
In a Facebook post, 30-year-old Zuckerberg, who is worth $32 billion, said:
“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.”
The CDC foundation collects funds for supplies, meals, generators, transportation and thermal scanners to detect fever. The agency has sent hundreds of workers and at least 100 experts to the virus zones – Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria – in an attempt to control the virus.