CDC report shows drastic increase of autistic children in America - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/18/09

CDC report shows drastic increase of autistic children in America

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A startling new report from the Centers for Disease Control on the incidence of Autism says that almost one percent of American children have Autism, one in 70 boys and one in 315 girls. The survey found that from 2002 until 2006 autism increased 60 percent in boys and 48% in girls.

The study looked at data on 8-year-olds because most cases are diagnosed by that age.  Some had thought that a Mercury preservative in vaccines was a trigger, but all the 8 year olds in the study were born after Mercury was removed from childhood vaccines.

"We need a call to order, we need an integrated, fully integrated, major effort on research and on treatment for autism," said Bob Wright, with Autism Speaks, and activist group.

Autism spectrum disorder includes a wide variety of symptoms, but mainly, it affects communication and social skills.  Researchers have not been able to pinpoint any one reason for the increase, admitting we don't know if there truly are more cases, or if medical experts are just getting better at identifying them.

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