Circumcision Herpes

Officials fear babies contracted herpes from rabbi during circumcisions

Officials in New York are investigating the death of a baby boy who contracted herpes after being circumcised by a rabbi. Two other boys have also contracted the disease after being circumcised by the same rabbi. The baby died in October, ten days after undergoing the procedure. Under Jewish law, a mohel draws blood from the circumcision wound. Most mohels do it by hand, but the rabbi in question uses a rare practice where he uses his mouth.

A lawyer for the rabbi tells the New York Daily News that his client is cooperating with officials, although it's not clear if he has submitted to a blood test.