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Autism in the USA

15th February 2007

A report in the US has concluded that autism is more common than previously estimated. 

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In the largest and most comprehensive study to date, the US Centres for Disease Control & Prevention puts the rate at one in 150 (6.7 per 1000) affecting around 560,000 under 21s across the country.  It also identified wide variation between states ranging from 4.5 per 1000 in West Virginia to 9.9 per 1000 in New Jersey.  But the study concluded that fewer also suffer from mental retardation than had previously been thought. 

The study used data from schools and medical reports amongst other sources, and concluded that autism was now an urgent public health concern in the US. 

Researchers plan to move their attention on to the causes of autism and whether prevalence is growing over time.  However they also call for the published study to draw a line on the debate about what the real levels of autism are, and to focus efforts on developing services and support for those affected by the condition. 

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