CDC: 1 In 88 Kids Have Autism

 March 30, 2012
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CDC: 1 In 88 Kids Have Autism

By Michelle Diament Disability Scoop

March 29, 2012

The number of children estimated to have autism continues to rise, with a new government report out Thursday indicating that the condition now affects 1 in 88 kids.

That’s a 23 percent rise over the previous estimate of 1 in 110, which was released in 2009.

The new numbers published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Thursday come from data collected in 2008 on 8-year-olds in 14 communities across the country.

Boys are nearly five times more likely to have autism than girls, with some 1 in 54 males having the condition, the CDC report found.

Officials at the government agency said the increase is “due to the way children are identified, diagnosed and served in their communities, although exactly how much is due to these factors is unknown.”

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