New York – City health officials said that they had identified two new cases in which infants were infected with herpes this year during a circumcision ritual practiced by some Orthodox Jews called Metzizah Be’Pah.Join our WhatsApp group
Subscribe to our Daily Roundup Email
Health officials have identified at least five infants believed to have been infected during such procedures by Type 1 herpes, commonly carried by adults. One baby died and another may have suffered brain damage, health officials said.
Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the commissioner of health and mental hygiene called upon parents to consider other religiously viable options, including using a tube or sponge. But he did not ban the practice.