August 23, 2013
Babies' herpes linked to circumcision practice
Two more infants have contracted the herpes virus after undergoing an ultra-Orthodoz Jewish type of circumcision, which has been linked to the spread of the potentially deadly virus to newborn boys, according to CNN.
The site reports the health department says the procedure is dangerous because the contact with the mouth could transmit diseases such as herpes.
“While HSV-1 in adults can cause the common cold sore, HSV-1 infection in newborns is very serious,” a department statement says.