Penis-sucking at circumsision ceremonies lead to 2 more deaths

  • Since 2000 13 known cases of herpes have  been contracted from the religious practice
  • Two deaths and two babies suffering brain  damage have resulted
  • Department of health warns there being no  safe way to perform the ritual that dates back more than 5,000 years

Two more infants have been infected with a  deadly herpes virus in the last three months after undergoing a controversial  religious oral circumcision in New York City.

The latest cases bring the count to 13 infants since 2000, two of which suffered brain damage and two died from the virus which can rapidly spread throughout its body.

The ultra-Orthodox Jewish 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.

Contraction: 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 (file photo)Contraction: 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  (file photo)

The department of health says one of the  latest infants to contract the virus developed a fever and a lesion on its  scrotum, seven days after the procedure. The boy later tested positive for  HSV-1. That virus differs from  HSV-2, the genital herpes, which is  contracted during sexual intercourse.

‘A herpes infection in a newborn baby has the  risk of leading to severe illness and death,’ Jay Varma, deputy commissioner for  disease control at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene  told ABC news

‘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,’ he  explained.

He said it’s too soon to tell whether the  boys will suffer permanent effects.

The identify of the rabbi who performed the  circumcision is being withheld by the boys’ parents, preventing the health  department to step in, they said.

Dangers: Since 2000 13 known cases of herpes have resulted from the practice, two of which suffered brain damage and two others diedDangers: Since 2000 13 known cases of herpes have  resulted from the practice, two of which suffered brain damage and two others  died

The religious practice that dates back to  more than 5,000 years defies warning by the city’s department of health which  says there is no safe way to perform the oral suction on an open  wound.

More modern Jewish practices use a sterile  aspiration device to clean the wound or a pipette opposed to the oral  sucking.

But some rabbis stand grounded behind the  practice, calling it a religious freedom while noting its long  history.

In September the department voted to require  parents to sign forms consenting to the risks of the practice after the death of  two children who contracted the virus through the practice.

The parents of those newly infected boys are  said to have not signed those forms.

According to Rabbi David Zwiebel, executive  vice president of the Orthodox Jewish organization Agudath Israel of America,  two-thirds of boys born in New York City’s Hasidic communities are circumcised  in the oral suction matter.

The health department claims they’ve had  complaints in past by parents who say they weren’t made aware that the oral  practice would be performed on their child

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One thought on “Penis-sucking at circumsision ceremonies lead to 2 more deaths

  1. Look at these pedophiles. They’re so full of lust, they’re about to explode. Sheeple who are hungry for spirituality become targets and victims of this foul play. For 5000 years, people have been dumb enough to just let the priests and rabbis do whatever they wanted, because a book (that they printed) says they are the chosen ones, (and it’s in every religious book. That should give you a clue) which also reminds them (While they’re being a light for all to see) to stop laying up with animals, their blood relatives, etc., so far from what the world has seen, their only history has been greed, murder and pedophilia. What a way to represent God.

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