Monday, 14 January 2013


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Circumcision Consent Forms Kosher in NYC

"Orthodox rabbis cannot perform a certain form of ritualistic circumcision without warning parents about the possibility of transmitting herpes, a federal judge ruled.

Metzitzah b'peh is the name given to a ritual involving oral suction of the blood from a circumcised penis.

City health officials estimate that 11 newborns contracted herpes from this practice since the department began tracking such cases in 2000.

Since infants have underdeveloped immune systems, herpes put 10 in the hospital, and killed one, the city says.

On Sept. 13, 2012, the New York City Board of Health amended its code to mandate the disclosure of health risks associated with the practice."

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