10/14/2014 11:40 EDT | Updated 12/14/2014 05:59 EST

Mark Zuckerberg And Priscilla Chan Donate $25 Million For Ebola

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers a speech during a workshop for application developers in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. On his first visit to Facebook-crazy Indonesia, Zuckerberg met the president-elect, spread the word about his company's global Internet-access initiative and posted a photo of himself at an ancient Buddhist temple. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

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

The foundation says 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 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 non-profit Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Also on Tuesday, the World Health Organization said West Africa could see up to 10,000 new Ebola cases a week within two months and confirmed that the death rate in the current outbreak is now 70 per cent.

The disease has killed more than 4,000 people, nearly all of them in West Africa.


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