Second N.Y. Jewish Infant Contracts Herpes From Controversial Circumcision Rite

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Another Jewish newborn — the second in three months — has contracted neonatal herpes due to a controversial oral suctioning technique employed during ritual circumcision, New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has reported.

The parents of the child, whom the department does not identify, did not sign a recently mandated city consent form authorizing the mohel who conducted the circumcision to employ the technique, known as metzitzah b’peh, or MBP, the department has told the Forward. The parents have additionally declined to identify the mohel, who it appears acted as a carrier of the virus.

The MBP-related herpes case, which the department disclosed in an April 3 email alert, is the first such case to emerge since January, when the city began requiring mohels who perform MBP to first have parents sign a consent form permitting them to do so.

Read more at The Forward.

A Jewish circumcision ceremony.Credit: Limor Edry

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