Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan donate $25M to CDC to fight Ebola

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks with TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington at TechCrunch Disrupt. Photo by Courtney Rundles.

Facebook Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are known for their generosity, regularly donating money to charities.

Zuckerberg announced today another major donation, as he and Chan gave $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control to help fight the Ebola virus outbreak.

Zuckerberg posted on his timeline Tuesday morning about the donation:

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.

Photo by Courtney Rundles.