Yitzchok Fischer, a mohel linked to at least four Herpes virus infections in infants, one of which killed a baby and another of which left a baby seriously brain damaged, tested positive for a communicable disease that led New York State Department of Health to ban Fischer in 2007 from doing metzitzah b'peh (MBP), the direct oral-to-genital sucking of the baby's open circumcision wound. Even so, Fischer appears to be illegally doing MBP in Rockland County, New York, and is apparently doing it "legally" in New Jersey, as well.
Yitzchok Fischer is a danger to babies.
The Jewish Week would have broken this story, but a website error (or intentional screw up, who knows) has it buried behind a bizarre redirect.
But from the screenshots posted below I was able to piece together what the story is. I contacted Hella Winston, who wrote it – and who got the same errors when she tried to view the story online –to confirm the basic details.
Basically, Hella got the New York State Department of Health's ban issued to Fischer in 2007 through a FOIL request.
The ban was redacted before its release, so the disease is not named. But the context of the redactions make it clear the disease is Herpes.
Haredim have often denied that Fischer tested positive or that there is any risk of disease transmission through metzitzah b'peh. But there clearly is.
I found this story, which was "posted" almost three hours ago, while researching Fischer. But the Google alerts that should have been triggered by it have still not come, which leads me to believe that The Jewish Week's "error" was made moments after the story was posted. And because of the search terms showing in The Jewish week screenshot posted below, which automatically popped up when the non-working URL's mobile prefix was removed, it almost seems as if someone there intentionally masked or destroyed the article. But I do not know that for sure.
At any rate, do not let Yitzchok Fischer do metzitzah b'peh on any child. Stopping him may literally be saving a life.
Update 6:28 pm CDT – After almost four hours of being "lost" by a JW "error," the story is now posted. Here's a key snippet:
According to the order, “among other activities,” the city’s investigation included “a review of: infant and maternal pre-natal, natal and post-natal medical records and pre-and post-circumcision infant medical records; interviews with the infants’ caretakers; interviews with observers of the circumcision procedures performed on these three infants; review of infection control practices and interviews of staff who had contact with these infants in the respective hospital newborn nurseries; and laboratory tests of specimens provided by persons in contact with the infants.”
This disproves the laughable claim made by Dr, Daniel Berman – who should be sanctioned and stripped of license – that the infected babies were at “high risk” of getting herpes “though a family member or anyone else" besides Fischer "handling" them, and therefore Fischer could not be pinpointed as the infections' source.
Berman's laughable paper in Dialogue was apparently written at the request of haredi rabbis so that they would have something to rely on if the September 2011 death of a baby from MBP was eventually made public.
Agudath Israel of America head rabbis recently invited one and only one 'expert' on possible disease transmission through MBP to speak at a meeting of its Council of Torah Sages, the Moetzet Gedolei HaTorah.
Dr. Daniel Berman.