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Autism: 1 in 88 U.S. Kids Diagnosed — Physician’s First Watch

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March 30, 2012

Autism: 1 in 88 U.S. Kids Diagnosed

One in 88 children in the U.S. was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in 2008, according to new CDC estimates published in MMWR. This represents an increase of 78% from 2002.

CDC researchers examined autism diagnoses among children aged 8 years in 14 areas of the country using education and health records. Among the reporting areas, Utah had the highest prevalence at 21.2 per 1000, and Alabama had the lowest at 4.8 per 1000.

The largest increases were seen among Hispanic and non-Hispanic black children and among those without intellectual disability. Boys were at greater risk for the disorder — 1 in 54 boys had autism, compared with 1 in 252 girls.

The authors say it is not known to what extent the observed increase is a true increase in autism symptoms versus better awareness and access to services.

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