As the Ebola epidemic continues to ravage several African nations and a second domestic case of the incurable virus has been diagnosed on U.S. shores, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have offered up a huge donation to help stop the spread.
On Tuesday (October 14), the couple announced that they were donating $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight the currently incurable disease.
"The Ebola epidemic is at a critical turning point," the couple wrote. "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."
The couple believe their grant is the quickest way to help the CDC and its experts help prevent a wider spread of the diseases. "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," they said. "We are hopeful this will help save lives and get this outbreak under control."
For more information about Ebola, check out the CDC's website.