Because mohel X could have been mohel A, the number of mohelim involved in the 11 cases could not be determined with certainty but was at least three and not more than eight.
Continued efforts are needed to work with mohelim to adopt safe practices and educate parents regarding the risks for direct orogenital suction.
To protect infants' health, public health departments might need to take legal measures to ensure mohelim associated with cases of neonatal herpes cease the practice of direct orogenital suction.
diphtheria occurring in infants were ascribed to infection from mohelim
(42) For example, mohelim that still use their mouths
suction but did release a policy statement encouraging mohelim to use an
Thomas Farley "Parents considering ritual Jewish circumcision need to know that circumcision should only be performed under sterile conditions, like any other procedures that create open cuts, whether by mohelim
or medical professionals." Many, but not all, rabbinic authorities permit suction with a tube in the religious community.
After the ritual, Rachminov, 69, misled Barukh by claiming the circumcision was "performed appropriately and that his conduct was within the standard of care and skill required of Jewish mohelim
and circumcisers," the lawsuit says.
Metzitzah b'peh, which is practiced in particular by ultra-Orthodox mohelim, has never been illegal.
Daniel Berman, an infectious disease specialist, challenges public health officials' conclusion, identifying mohelim as the source of the infection.