Fervently Orthodox officials are refusing to abandon a ritual circumcision practice that may have caused the death of an infant. The officials refused despite months of meetings with New York City health officials, The New York Times reported. Health officials believe three New York-area newborns got herpes; one of them fatally, from the practice of metzitzah b’peh, in which the mohel places his mouth directly on the wound.
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