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NYC won't require signed consent forms for people who perform oral suction circumcision

New York City's Board of Health says signed consent forms won't be required for people who perform an ultra-Orthodox Jewish tradition known as oral suction circumcision.

The board voted Wednesday to approve Mayor Bill de Blasio's (dih BLAH'-zee-ohz) information-only plan, resolving a dispute with the community.

The health commissioner says the city has distributed 20,000 printed copies and 22,000 email copies of a new brochure in English and Yiddish.

Health officials have linked 17 cases of infant herpes since 2000 to the ancient ritual of sucking blood from the wounds on infants' penises. Herpes can lead to brain damage or death.

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration had instituted the consent rule. Rabbis opposed it.

The Associated Press

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