JOHANNESBURG — Health officials say 37 boys have died
following traditional circumcisions in South Africa
since June 1, with 13 deaths in the past week alone.
The number is a dramatic increase from last year's 24 deaths.
Provincial health spokesman Sizwe Kupelo says more than
100 boys have been hospitalized with infections caused
by circumcision in Eastern Cape province.
Circumcision of youths in their late teens is a rite of
passage for many in the Xhosa tribe.
Kupelo said Wednesday that doctors have
removed boys from illegal "initiation schools" and police
have arrested 11 people accused of performing
the operations without licenses.
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