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Zuckerberg, Chan join fight against Ebola

Palo Alto couple donates $25 million to CDC Foundation

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife Dr. Priscilla Chan announced Tuesday that they have committed $25 million to help address the Ebola epidemic.

"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," Zuckerberg said in an announcement on Facebook. "We believe our grant is the quickest way to empower the CDC and the experts in this field to prevent this outcome."

Zuckerberg and Chan are making their donation to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation through their donor-advised fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in Mountain View, said Sue McAllister, the foundation's marketing director.

The donation was made to the CDC Foundation's Global Disaster Response Fund, which is providing essential materials and assistance to advance the response to the Ebola epidemic, according to its website.

Related article: Local medical facilities amp up Ebola preparedness training

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 14, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Start by stopping flights into the U.S. from Western Africa. Importing a serious and still rather unknown communicable illness makes no sense to me.
Close our borders as those who feel they may have Ebola will likely wish to enter into the U.S. where they can receive free medical care from us, the U.S. taxpayers. The amount of medical personnel needed to deal with the current small number of cases in the U.S. is large; I believe it follows that a large amount of money has already been spent. Containment is the preferred method of controlling this terrible illness.


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Posted by Stop the Trolls
a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 14, 2014 at 2:56 pm

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Posted by Yankee
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 14, 2014 at 3:29 pm

I agree with Neighbor but from what I understand, there are no airlines that fly nonstop from the 3 hardest hit countries to the US, so you can't just shut it down. I guess we'd have to depend on Europe for that.

It sounds like the CDC has put some measures in place to prevent people with Ebola from getting in, I just hope they are successful. I don't think you can really depend on just temperature checkers and questionnaires. Hey at least make sure they have proof of health insurance that would cover their massive medical bills!


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Posted by What-Would-We-Do-Without-Mark-Zuckerberg
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 14, 2014 at 4:12 pm

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Posted by Carrie
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 14, 2014 at 4:17 pm

We still need to get a better handle on it right here at home, so we will can anticipate events that will occur.

Better protection of our medical personnel is needed.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 14, 2014 at 4:21 pm

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Posted by Stop the Trolls
a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 14, 2014 at 4:41 pm

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 14, 2014 at 4:59 pm

I see you have deleted some comments, mine included.

If we are not allowed to discuss the possibilities, then how can we be prepared?

I am pleased to see that ordinary people (granted wealthy ordinary people) are able to do something positive.


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Posted by Stop the Trolls
a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 14, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Here is how Ebola is ACTUALLY transmitted: Web Link

So please stop with the hysterics, people.


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Posted by Sea REDDY
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 15, 2014 at 7:48 am

Sea REDDY is a registered user.



We admire your priorities Mark and Priscilla!
Proud to see a Palo Alto citizen team helping!

We need leadership.

Where is NIH management?
What are they 'drinking' at CDC.
Why is not there a tiger team!

Poor nurse in Dallas hospital need help!

We need some body at high level to 'kick butt' and get a vaccine to be developed and tested this month before it gets out of control.

It is scary.

BTW, If you can influence by putting pressure on government, MARK+PRISCILLA you have saved lot of lives.


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Posted by Vanessa Warheit
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 15, 2014 at 11:24 am

I'm pleased to read this news - but dismayed by the comments. Closing the borders is not the way to deal with this problem - this editorial in the Washington Post explains why it's most important to focus efforts on containing and curing the disease at its source: Web Link.


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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 15, 2014 at 11:42 am

@Stop the Trolls - according to the CIDRAP: ""Ebola has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles ... from infected patients." and we now have 2 confirmed cases of infected healthcare workers in addition to the patient who died. And one worker flew they day before she was admitted to the hospital. No need for hysterics, but downplaying the transmission risk may have killed two workers. When the quarantined NBC crew snuck out for take out dinner, the problem isn't hysterics, it is that people aren't taking it seriously.

Web Link


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Posted by Stop the Trolls
a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 15, 2014 at 12:23 pm

@Mr.Recycle: The blog post you cite is filled with "we believe this is the case" and "there are cases similar to this that we believe are relevant here." What is missing -- and this is important for what you are trying to claim -- is actual cases where their hypothesis has been borne out.

And having their work cited by fringe sites tends to make the case something less than convincing.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 15, 2014 at 12:47 pm

I can't believe that the infected nurse's public statement included that she was being treated by the best in the world. Huh? Please. She got infected most likely as a result of human error. This means her alleged world class hospital has screwed up *yet again* with protocol. When are they going to stop screwing up? They did dialysis on and intubation of Campbell? What a way to spread the disease. These hospital isn't even close to world class.


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Posted by Stop the Trolls
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 15, 2014 at 12:54 pm

@Stop the Trolls - there are two infected health care workers. Either it is more infectious or people aren't taking it seriously enough, It is most likely the second. We need to take it more seriously so more people don't get infected. running around saying it isn't very infectious didn't work in Dallas.


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Posted by The Real Stop the Trolls
a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 15, 2014 at 12:59 pm

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 15, 2014 at 1:10 pm

The fight against Ebola is serious.

We are now facing a plane load of people possibly exposed due to one of the recent patients flying a day before she was hospitalized.

This is not something we should take lightly.

I hope local health officials are getting prepared. I hope that the right precautions are being put in place in local hospitals, Stanford, VTA, El Camino, Kaiser, etc.

I hope that this is overkill, but my gut feeling is that we are in for a lot worse before it gets better.


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Posted by The Real Stop the Trolls
a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 15, 2014 at 1:23 pm

@Resident -- Ebola is nothing like the Spanish influenza, which killed between 20 to 50 million people. Ebola is a much more difficult disease to contract than your average case of the flu, which is far more lethal.

So stop with the drama, and accept reality.


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Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on Oct 15, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Nora Charles is a registered user.

There was a statement by the CDC that the nurses in Dallas possibly weren't following the proper protocols with their protective gear. Someone from a nurse's union replied, "There was no protocol." America is not ready.


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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 15, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Look forward to you reporting that the happy couple/Or any other tech Barons Have saved collective roots in East Palo Alto/unplugged/Free at last and some of the other nonprofits that need help locally :-) Need resources/financial assistance.Saddens me that just across the creek from Edgewood Drive are nonprofits that are struggling even though the abundance of huge Tech money is just across the street/Pardon me just across the creek.


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Posted by optimistic
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Now for some good news: Web Link


So if Nigeria and Senegal can contain ebola, I sure hope that we can as well.


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Posted by Jim
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 15, 2014 at 7:25 pm

On CNN a couple of days ago I saw a doctor showing the proper technique for removing hazmat suits. Removal must be done perfectly or one can get exposed. Removal is so complex that it is almost impossible for every single worker to do it perfectly every single time. Cross your fingers people and hope we can get a handle on this problem.

Regarding "closing our border" beware of unintended consequences. If Ebola gets out of hand in the U.S. other countries may close their borders to us.


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Posted by Sensical
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 16, 2014 at 7:56 pm

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Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 16, 2014 at 9:29 pm

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