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NY Newborn Contracts Herpes after Metzitzah B’Peh

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A newborn in New York who underwent his ritual circumcision rite is undergoing treatment for neonatal genital herpes, according to the Forward, contracted after metzitzah b’peh, in which the ritual circumciser places his mouth directly on the child’s circumcision wound to revive the shocked blood stream.

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued a health alert about the baby’s case on Jan. 28. The baby was treated for the genital rash five days after his circumcision.

At least 11 boys contracted herpes between 2004 and 2011, according to New York City health officials. Two died from the disease and two others suffered brain damage.

In September 2013, the city’s Board of Health voted 9-0 to require mohels to obtain signed consent forms from parents; the Haredi Orthodox Jewish community opposes the forms. Several months earlier, the city had struck an agreement with city hospitals to distribute pamphlets about the ritual’s dangers to the mothers of newborns.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said shortly after taking office on Jan. 1 that he would leave the signed consent forms in place while looking for a more effective solution, according to the Forward. The Haredi Orthodox community had expected de Blasio to do away with the forms.

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17 Responses to “NY Newborn Contracts Herpes after Metzitzah B’Peh”

  1. Prayers for that entire family….kkc

  2. Fanaticism at its worst!

  3. A mohel should be considered a healthcare worker and as such have mandatory health testing.

  4. Lisa Kamins says:

    All moyals should have to under go regular testing for STDs & be certified & have the certification updated with each retesting. If they do not have a valid updated certification they should not be allowed to perform a bris.

  5. Bizarre practice. Circumcision, yes, this practice, no.

  6. Alan Tobin says:

    The circumcision is not the problem. It is this particular practice that should be stopped. No place to justify this halachally

  7. This is absolutely disgusting I read about this a few weeks ago and was so shocked, this is what happens when people add to the laws of G-d this sucking process is pure superstition and not part of Tanakh or Torah

  8. There is nothing wrong with male curcumcision

  9. I have two boys and don’t remember this practice at their bris

  10. Kari Anne says:

    My son was circumcised in ’82. All 3 of my Grandsons were circumcised. The Moyals were Orthodox. They used bacitracin, and a very thin, gauze like, bandage. There was no mouth used, and had I seen the Moyals attempting that, I would have been arrested for assault!

  11. Fine on the easy side of the debate. What then is the difficult argument? Anyone know it? I sure don't.

  12. Geoff Menzer says:

    Circumcision is usually a healthy thing to do.It allegedly reduces infection and cancer by stopping secretions under the foreskin.However there is no reason for mouth contact so it should be banned.All circumcisers should be medically qualified.

  13. Mary Meloy says:

    This means these boys will have many questions and concerns when they get older. The lack of care by these people to prevent such things is atrocious, and I'll be honest I'd much rather a medical professional perform a circumcision than anyone else. The child may feel better if it is done that way, as doctors can use anesthesia to locally numb the area before it's surgically altered.

  14. David Collins says:

    I call bs

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