Baby Diagnosed With Herpes After Circumcision Ritual Involving Sucking Of ‘Just-Cut’ Penis

Baby Diagnosed With Herpes After Circumcision Ritual Involving Sucking Of ‘Just-Cut’ Penis

Baby Diagnosed With Herpes After Circumcision Ritual Involving Sucking Of ‘Just-Cut’ Penis
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has issued an “alert” to the city’s medical community following a January 2014 case of neonatal herpes following the Jewish circumcision ritual metzitzah b’peh, or MBP. It relies heavily on cooperation from and truth-telling by haredi leaders who have repeatedly promoted lies about the safety of MBP. There have now been four reported cases in 2014, and though Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to address the issue on “Day 1” of his term, there have been no policy changes during his first year in office. Aaron Jesin, a family practitioner who has performed more than 10,000 circumcisions, told the National Post by phone on Wednesday. He has since been prohibited from performing the ritual in New York City. The results of Alleyne’s first investigation were inconclusive. Some Orthodox Jews have condemned these decisions.

It is unclear whether the mohel responsible for the most recent case had a consent form. The location of the lesions, timing of signs and symptoms, and laboratory identification of HSV-1 are consistent with transmission of the herpes virus during direct contact between the mouth of the ritual circumciser and the newly circumcised infant penis, the health department said. That is, there wasn’t, until the herpes reports came in. Based on that, the health department ordered Fischer to stop practicing metzitzah b’peh. The regulation, according to reports in The Jewish Daily Forward, was rarely enforced, and in August a federal appeals court ruled it must pass a stricter constitutional test than was applied by the lower court. Now, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office is looking further into the case, the Jewish Week reports. The medical harms or benefits have not been unequivocally proved except to the extent that there are clear risks of harm if the procedure is done inexpertly.

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