37 boys die in South Africa

37 boys die following traditional circumcisions in South Africa

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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