Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has followed Facebook mastermind Mark Zuckerberg's example and donated $100 million (£62.5 million) to help fight the spread of Ebola.

Zuckerberg donated $25 million (£15.6 million) to help U.S. medical experts find a cure for the deadly disease last week (14Oct14), and now fellow tech billionaire Allen has announced he's backing the U.S. State Department's medevac containment unit initiative, created to evacuate health professionals from West Africa, where the Ebola pandemic has claimed the lives of over 4,400 people.

Allen is also planning to donate funds to offer training, medical workers and equipment in Liberia, one of the nations hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic.

Announcing his generous donation, he says, "The Ebola virus is unlike any health crisis we have ever experienced and needs a response unlike anything we have ever seen. To effectively contain this outbreak and prevent it from becoming a global epidemic, we must pool our efforts to raise the funds, co-ordinate the resources and develop the creative solutions needed to combat this problem."