CDC: Autism Rates May (Or May Not) Be On The Rise

March 28, 2014 4:00 PM

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CDC: Autism Rates May (Or May Not) Be On The Rise

Yesterday, the CDC released its newest data on the number of children affected by autism in the country. The health and education records of 8-year-old children in 11 states – Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin – were combed to arrive at the new numbers. The finding that many have expressed concern about is that now 1 in 68 children may have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The number is up markedly from two years ago when it was 1 in 88, and seven years ago when it was 1 in 150. But the thing to keep in mind is that these are simply rates at which kids are being identified – so the data may not indicate that autism prevalence has actually jumped that much.

1. 14.7 kids in 1000 were identified with ASD in the current study, which is about 1 in 68. But remember that the data come from only in 11 areas of the country: “It does not represent the entire population of children in the United States,” says the CDC.

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