Zuckerberg donates dollars for Ebola


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Mark Zuckerberg is the CEO and creator of Facebook. Zuckerberg and his wife announced on Oct.14 about their donation. The money will be used to buy equipment and to train local staff.

Ebola has 4,000 affected by the disease so far in Africa and new transmissions reported in recent days in the US and Europe.

As health care workers battle the outbreak on the front lines in various countries, a public outcry has sprung up surrounding the lack of funding available for research and treatment.

Luckily, Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, and his wife, Pricilla Chan, have decided to donate $25 million to the CDC foundation to help fight the spread of Ebola.

“I’m just glad the money is going to a good cause. Some billionaires just spend their money on fancy cars and shoes but it seems Mark Zuckerberg actually cares,” sophomore Matthew Schuetz said.

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Ebola response effort will use the money to help places where Ebola is a threat including Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

“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,” Zuckerberg said.

Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook that the $25 million grant will help empower the CDC and experts in the field, and help front-line responders to set up care centers, train staff and spot new cases.

“If I ever become a billionaire, I would want to do what Mark Zuckerberg has done, I hope the money can help find a cure for this horrible epidemic,” freshman Emily Reddy said.