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Several infants contract herpes during Jewish circumcision ritual

Several infants have contracted herpes in New York in recent months after undergoing a circumcision ritual, the Health Department confirmed.

There have been three cases reported since December and four since September 2019, officials said. Before this, the most recent cases of DOS-related neonatal herpes were in 2017.

“Protecting the health and wellbeing of infants is always the city’s first priority,” a Health Department spokesman said. “The spread of neonatal herpes through ritual circumcision is a public health risk. To address this risk, we will continue to work with providers and families across our city to keep our youngest New Yorkers safe.”

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