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Durham doctor treats Ebola patients, then self-quarantines

Posted January 7, 2015

— Health officials consider Dr. George Peohlman a low-risk for Ebola, but the retired Durham doctor isn’t taking any chances.

Peohlman self-quarantined himself after returning from an eight week mission trip to Liberia at the end of December.

He’s avoiding groups of people and is reporting his temperature daily to the Durham County Health Department.

“If I were to develop a fever for whatever cause, I would end up in the hospital three days until they rule out Ebola,” he said via phone from his home. “So I kind of put myself in reverse isolation.”

Peohlman was in Liberia to treat Ebola patients and help the non-profit group Heart to Heart International set up an Ebola treatment unit.

He saw the trip as fulfilling his sense of duty.

“I was trained to take care of people and look out for people and that's what I did, and I'm pleased to have been there,” he said. “I was honored. I was humbled.”

Peohlman said he is not showing any signs of the virus. His self-quarantine expires Jan. 20.


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  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Jan 8, 2015

    Finally, some reason. Thanks, doc!

  • lmurphy45 Jan 8, 2015

    Thank you Doctor!

  • Janet Scott Jan 8, 2015
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    Dr. George...thank you!! You have class!!

  • johnnymanziel Jan 8, 2015

    He should be teaching other docs and nurses ethics classes.

  • babylaceycarpenter Jan 8, 2015

    Finally!!!! A responsible medical professional. Props doc, you are a class act.

    Raleighboy, I didn't see the pigs flying so it's business as usual at WRAL.

  • cdurham Jan 8, 2015

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    Ditto. A person who cares about the public. Thank you for being so brave in helping with the treatments and for your consideration.

  • Larry Price Jan 8, 2015
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    my sentiments exactly. A great representative of the medical community.

  • TheCape Jan 8, 2015

    Someone who is not self centered about the quarantine process. Refreshing to see.

  • raleighboy524 Jan 8, 2015

    First rule of good journalism: Spell the name correctly. Once again WRAL falls short.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jan 8, 2015

    What a selfless person. Thank you Dr. Peohlman