NYC Health Board Votes to Consider Rescinding MBP Regulation

NEW YORK -

Three months after the de Blasio administration reached an agreement with community representatives that would end the highly controversial regulation of bris Milah enacted by the Bloomberg administration, the New York City’s Board of Health has voted unanimously to consider the mayor’s plan.

After a comment period, the board will vote on formally rescinding the regulation that required mohalim to ask parents to sign a consent form espousing the city’s view associating MBP with HSV-1 herpes infections, a position dismissed by leading medical experts and veteran mohalim.

Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Travis Bassett said the regulation had a polarizing effect and is difficult to implement. According to the new plan a new protocol will be implemented, one that will use cutting-edge DNA testing to determine the real source of herpes infection in infants.