Could Something Other Than Mohels Be Giving Herpes in Circumcisions?

They are retested every year to maintain their certification, he added. But because of the extreme sensitivities among the ultra-Orthodox about any interference with the rite of circumcision, there will be limits on what kind of consensus is possible. But she added she would sign a consent form if asked. New York City health officials suggested earlier this year that they too would adopt a protocol similar to that used in Rockland County. We’re not even going to get into Jewish hatred of women, Jewish hatred of Christians, Jewish hatred of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W.) and the Jewish Dajjalic quest to rule the Gentile world based on rabbinical ravings straight out of the corrupted Torah, Talmud and Zohar. The report is sure to reignite a long-simmering debate over public health and religious liberties: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Thursday that 11 baby boys in New York City were infected with herpes between Nov. The Ramapo police said they would not answer questions from the media, except in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

And I don’t care how much of those self-justifying rantings of that neurotic Hellenist Saul of Tarsus you throw at me. In a nod to the first amendment they did not ban MbP since a baby contracting herpes from an infected Mohel is a rare occurrence. and it’s true. New York Bureau Just when we thought we have covered Pastor abuse to the 3rd degree – a story like this one drops in. Herpes simplex virus type 1 is reported to be present in more than half of American adults and frequently manifests as oral lesions (“cold sores”), although many people never or rarely develop symptoms [10]. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Nothing happened today unless you count the continued freezing of the Northeast, which today brought record-breaking snowfall in Boston and amazing frozen Slurpee waves in Nantucket. Even though it has been implicated in several pediatric near-death episodes.

The baby is very cute,” Biron said. The city denied the request in March, while refusing to say whether the health department had ever collected such forms. The Bloomberg administration denies that politics have had anything to do with its decisions, and administration officials say they made no pre-election promises regarding the rite. 13. Under the health department regulations, mohels must keep a copy of the consent forms, signed by an infant’s parents, for the first year after a circumcision with MBP is performed. The consent forms remain the regulatory standard for now, but most ultra-Orthodox rabbis have told their faithful not to comply, and the city acknowledges it does not collect them unless there is suspicion of herpes. In several cases this has lead to brain damage and even death.

In 2005, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked rabbis throughout the city to move away from performing metzitzah b’peh — and also issued an open letter [PDF] to the Jewish community warning of the health risks — but they refused claiming the practice was safe. Reached at his home, Rabbi Fischer declined to be interviewed, citing instructions from his attorney. The rate of shedding was highly variable among individuals, ranging from none to 92% of the days tested, and occurred in seropositive and seronegative individuals. If the mohel tests positive for HSV-1, the city’s health department will test the DNA of the strain to see if it matches the infant’s. In the ultra-Orthodox community, there is a custom called metzitzah b’peh. Both of them will continue to receive oral treatment until the age of six months,” the Schneider Center said. A 2012 report by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised against the practice, saying it increases the risk of herpes infection in baby boys by 3.4 times that of other male newborns.

But Berman disingenuously relies on that lack of DNA fingerprinting to say the transmission of disease through MBP has not been proved. In an MBP, a mohel who performs the circumcision uses oral suction to draw blood away from the wound on the infant’s penis. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Health Department say the practice where the mohel performing a bris removes the blood from the baby’s circumcision wound by mouth is potentially dangerous to newborns. Under the new policy, the city will engage local health care providers to educate the religious Jewish community about the risk of a cold sore, caused by the herpes simplex one virus, causing a herpes infection of the child’s genitals. Called metzitzah b’peh, the process involves the mohel snipping away the foreskin and then sucking the blood from the penis to “cleanse” the wound. Apparently in some Jewish sects, currently, in New York City (not in the middle ages or in a third world country), it is a common practice to suck on a baby’s penis after circumcision.