Two babies have died, and at least two have suffered brain damage. From your question I see that your focus is on metzitza bpeh (oral suction). A written informed consent will be required, which would provide information about the risks involved, including possible infection with herpes simplex virus and its potentially serious consequences, such as brain damage and death. The Court reasoned that because the statute was “concededly constitutional as applied to those who use the drug for other reasons,” the Smith plaintiffs were not constitutionally entitled to a religious exemption from a law that was valid as applied to non‐religious uses. The article provides no citation of medical and rabbinic authorities who disagree with Elyashiv’s position cited here. The procedure is sometimes performed in ultra-Orthodox communities. Many Jewish parents considering circumcision pros and cons know nothing about metzitzah b’peh, in which the mohel washes the fresh wound with wine, using his mouth, after he has removed the foreskin.

Health Department investigations of newborns with the herpes virus from 2000 to 2011 have shown that 11 infants contracted the herpes virus when mohels, or ritual circumcisers, placed their mouths directly on the child’s circumcision wound to draw blood away from the circumcision cut, according to a statement from the department. Teichtal requested the response after an anti-circumcision activist filed charges against him, claiming oral suction was performed at the brit milah of Teichtal’s son. Some parents have said they did not know in advance that the mohel would use this method, and even those who were aware it would be done were often unaware of the risks. The appeals court sided with the plaintiffs, finding that regulating conduct that is done for religious reasons only does not, by itself, contravene the Constitution. Ten of the infants were hospitalized, at least two developed brain damage and two babies died. The city estimates that metzitzah b’peh is used in some 3,600 local circumcisions each year. We make this conclusion because we have no record that this procedure was instituted through Rabbinical decree.

The Central Rabbinical Congress of the USA and Canada, Agudath Israel of America and the International Bris Association filed the lawsuit Thursday in the Federal District Court in Manhattan, JTA has reported. According to Jewish custom and traditions, newborn Jewish boys are ritually circumcised at eight days of age, and complications are generally very rare. As the operator of the Jesin Circumcision Clinic, Dr. “This is a very difficult issue for the board,” conceded board member Dr. The health department confirmed that the tests for HSV-1 were positive. Two babies died, and two others suffered brain damage. All six studies were descriptive case reports or case series that documented neonatal HSV-1 infections after circumcision with direct oral suction.

If an infant is found to have herpes after a circumcision, officials will ask a rabbinical coalition to identify the mohel who performed it so his DNA can be tested. Two deaths and two cases of brain damage were also tied to the practice. The control of communicable disease is a core public health function. The ritual, formally called metzitzah b’peh in Hebrew, entails a rabbi or another circumciser sucking blood from an infant’s circumcision wounds. “The administration and the coalition of religious leaders are formalizing specific terms of the agreement around metzitzah b’peh,” the city said in a statement from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released Monday, according to the newspaper. Mayor Bill de Blasio has said circumcisers should no longer be required to obtain signed consent forms. The ultra-Orthodox practice of metzitzah b’peh requires a practitioner to orally suck the baby’s penis to ‘cleanse’ the open wound following its circumcision, making them susceptible to the virus.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, which came into power a year ago with a promise to reconsider an existing regulation on the ritual, is now negotiating with a group of rabbis over how to protect children’s health while still preserving religious freedom. City health officials have linked the practice to 17 cases of infant herpes since 2000 as a result of the person performing the ritual by sucking blood from the wound. NEW YORK * With a swift swipe of his scalpel, Rabbi A. New York, NY – The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has issued an “alert” to the city’s medical community following a January 2014 case of neonatal herpes following the Jewish circumcision ritual metzitzah b’peh, or MBP. Signed consent forms will no longer be required for people who perform an ultra-Orthodox Jewish tradition known as oral suction circumcision, the city Board of Health decreed Wednesday. NEW YORK (AP) — People who perform an ultra-Orthodox Jewish circumcision suction ritual will no longer have to get parents to sign acknowledgements of potential health risks, the city Board of Health decided Wednesday, reversing a policy that pitted health officials against religious leaders over a practice that dates to biblical times.