Two recent cases herpes in babies following Brit Milah

The Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petah Tikva has reported two recent cases in which baby boys have been infected with the herpes virus following their Brit Milah circumcision ritual.

The infections are believed to be the result of circumcisions in which the “metzitzah ba’peh” procedure was used, whereby the mohel, or circumciser, uses his mouth to suction blood off the penis after the foreskin has been cut off.

This practice is mentioned in the Talmud and codifications of Jewish law but is now uncommon outside of the haredi community because of the risk of infection, and suction is achieved by means of a sterile plastic tube.


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