The prestigious Centers for Disease Control has announced that the autism rate for children has jumped 30% and that 1 in 68 U.S. children has autism, according to an article on the website of CNN.
The story reports: "This newest estimate is based on the CDC’s evaluation of health and educational records of all 8-year-old children in 11 states: Alabama, Wisconsin, Colorado, Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas, Arizona, Maryland, North Carolina, Utah and New Jersey. The incidence of autism ranged from a low of 1 in 175 children in Alabama to a high of 1 in 45 in New Jersey, according to the CDC."
The article adds: "The report is not designed to say why more children are being diagnosed with autism [says Coleen Boyle, the director of the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities]. But she believes increased awareness in identifying and diagnosing children contributes to the higher numbers."
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