There is a reason to be concerned about the possible epidemic of the Ebola virus. So far, the deadly viral disease has claimed more than 4,000 lives globally. It has infected close to 9,000 patients across seven countries, including the US, where its first Ebola case was reported a few days ago.
This could be the reason why Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerbeg and his wife Priscilla Chan decided to step in to aid the fight against Ebola. The couple has donated $25 million to help fight the disease. The donation was fiven to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Zuckerberg announced this deed in his own blog post in the social networking site. He raised concern that Ebola could possibly infect up to a million people within the next several months if it would remain uncontrolled. He said that proper research and contingency measures should be put in place so that Ebola would not be the next massive viral infection that mankind would fight for decades, just like what
happened to polio and HIV.
Moreover, Zuckerberg said that he and his wife think that this grant would be a way to help quickly empower CDC and its experts in their effort to prevent the epidemic. The amount would directly fund frontline responders in setting up healthcare centers, identifying possible Ebola cases, and training local staff.
Following Bill Gates
The donation of the Zuckerbergs comes after former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, through his foundation, infused a $50 million donation in September to help the fight against Ebola. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded emergency efforts that were aimed at containing an outbreak across West Africa.
The foundation aimed to immediately and directly fund the United Nations and its corresponding agencies as well as international organizations who are involved in responding to the medical emergency. Both the Zuckerbergs and the Gates think that they could help in their ways to prevent the onset of a possible Ebola epidemic, which is threatening worldwide health if the transmission of the virus is not curtailed at once.