CDC works to keep Ebola virus from spreading

ATLANTA -- The Centers for Disease Control will be working with the State Department to evacuate two American citizens infected with the deadly Ebola virus.

CDC Director Tom Frieden, in speaking with CNN's Sanjay Gupta, described the government agency's role.

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"Our role at CDC is to make sure that in the transportation and in the care, any risk of the infection to others is kept to the absolute minimum," Frieden said.

The organization is also sending 50 additional staff to West Africa to advice countries on controlling the disease.

This comes during a time when the CDC is under intense scrutiny after two months of mishaps which included mishandled anthrax and misplaced smallpox. Those mistakes eventually lead to the resignation of one of the CDC's top officials.

In spite of this, Frieden says the public is safe.

"It's important to understand that you don't need a fancy specialized containment facility for ebola. Ebola is a deadly disease, but we know how to treat it and we know how to prevent it from spreading," said Frieden.

The CDC has also issued a travel advisory urging Americans to avoid non-essential travel to the three countries in West Africa dealing with the Ebola outbreak.

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