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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Blood Sucking Circumcision

Oral "Blood Sucking" Circumcision Ritual
Two more babies have contracted herpes after ritual ultra-orthodox Jewish oral blood sucking circumcision in New York City
In New York City two more babies have been infected with herpes after going through a ritual oral "blood sucking" circumcision.
Apparently this is not the first time that this has happened. The latest known number of infants to be infected with the deadly virus is 13 since the year 2000.
But the tragedy doesn't stop there, apparently two of the 13 infants suffered brain damage and two died from the virus.
The practice by ultra-Orthodox Jews, called metzitzah b'peh, requires the sucking of the baby's penis by a practitioner to clean the wound after a circumcision has been performed.
One of the latest children to suffer from the herpes virus had a fever and a lesion on its testes came up seven days later, according to the department of health. The baby boy tested positive for HSV-1 later on. HSV-1 are cold sores, which usually show up on or around a person's lips. This would explain why the practice of "blood sucking" is thought to be dangerous.
Jay Varma, deputy commissioner for disease control at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said, "A herpes infection in a newborn baby has the risk of leading to severe illness and death,"
Varma went on to say, "The reason is that the baby doesn't have the same fully developed immune system as an adult. Instead of staying in the genital area, it extends throughout different organs in the body."
Varma said that time will tell whether the two boys will develop more serious complications.
The parents of the two boys are not telling the name of the Rabi who performed the ceremony in case the health department takes action against him.
Dating back almost 5,000 years the practice of oral suction has no way of being performed safely according to the city's health department and the ultra-Orthodox Jews are ignoring warnings about the practice.
Some orthodox Jews stand behind the procedure although a more safe method would be to use a sterile alternative device to clean the wound. They say that they are practicing their religious freedom to perform the operation the way it has been done for thousands of years.


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