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August 1st, 2014
06:45 PM ET

CDC Director assures public safe, even with Ebola victims in U.S.

(CNN) - As the U.S. prepares to evacuate two American Ebola victims from West Africa, the CDC Director is assuring Americans will be safe.

"We can ensure that the health care that's given here is done according to meticulous attention to infection control principles and practices that really does not allow the passage of body fluids," Dr. Tom Frieden tells CNN's Jake Tapper. "If you don't have a lapse in infection control, you don't have a risk in Ebola."

Frieden believes our compassion for the American victims should outweigh fear of the epidemic spreading.

"I understand the fears about Ebola because of the fatality rate and it's so unfamiliar, but I really hope that fear doesn't outpace our compassion," says Dr. Frieden. "This is a hard infection to control in Africa, it is not a hard infection to prevent from spreading in the U.S."

This assurance comes in the wake of numerous, alarming safety lapses by the CDC in their storage and handling of anthrax, the bird flu and smallpox.

For more of our interview with the CDC Director, watch the video above.

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