ECape circumcision toll at 14

2010-12-17 11:32
Cape Town - The summer circumcision season death toll in the Eastern Cape has risen to 14, the provincial health department said on Friday.

Spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said the latest deaths included youths in the Qumbu and Cofimvaba areas of Transkei.

The figure included a 19-year-old who died in Butterworth Hospital on Tuesday after circumcising himself with a knife on Tuesday.

Every year, dozens of youths die in the Eastern Cape after undergoing traditional circumcision.

The health department says most of the deaths are related to untreated infection of the wound, or to dehydration and attendant complications.

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