Originally published at 9:46 pm CDT Tuesday 6-26-2012
Another Baby Gets Herpes From MBP
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
An Orange County infant has been hospitalized after contracting a deadly strain of the herpes virus from metzitzah b'peh (MBP), the direct oral-to-genital sucking done by the mohel to the baby's bleeding penis during the Jewish circumcision ritual as practiced by hasidic and some other ultra-Orthodox and Orthodox communities, Health Department officials told Newsday.
The now month-old infant was admitted to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center in Manhattan last week.
Two babies in New York City died from MBP-transmitted herpes over the past 11 years and two others suffered serious permanent brain damage. Other's were hospitalized, some for extended periods of time.
The New York City Department of Health was notified of the new hospitalization early last week. Tests done Friday confirmed that the child has herpes. The child’s current condition is not known.
Last month the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report on MBP in New York City. It found that infants who have MBP are 3.4 times more likely to get herpes than those infants who do not.
Newsday reports that NYC DOH is thinking about requiring hospitals to take genital swabs to aid forensic investigators in determining the identity of the mohel, similar to the way rape kits have help iidentify rapists. This is necessary because haredi parents almost always refuse to cooperate with DOH investigators and won't identify the mohel who circumcised their child.