Two newborn babies will have to take medication after contracting herpes. According to NBC New York, the babies went through a Jewish circumcision ritual when they were exposed to the disease.
During the circumcision, the person who performed it attempted to cleanse the cut by sucking blood from the baby’s genital area. Shortly after the procedure, the babies developed sores and lesions on their genitals.
Nearly half of all Americans have some form of herpes (oral or genitals). But when babies contract the disease, it can be fatal.
Since 2000, 16 babies have contacted herpes after a Jewish circumcision ritual. Two of the babies died and two others suffered from brain damage.