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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Wife Donate $25M to CDC for Ebola Fight

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    Mark Zuckerberg and his wife are donating $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, are donating $25 million to the CDC Foundation to help address the Ebola epidemic.

    The money will be used by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Ebola response effort in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and elsewhere in the world where Ebola is a threat, the foundation said Tuesday.

    Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post that he was motivated by a 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 are hopeful this will help save lives and get this outbreak under control," he wrote.

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    The grant follows a $9 million donation made by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen last month. Zuckerberg and Chan are making the grant from their fund at the nonprofit Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

    Chan is a pediatric resident at the University of California at San Francisco.