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Autism Numbers Higher than Suspected, Doctors Find

April 27, 2018 - 8:09 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Federal health officials say autism prevalence is higher than first thought.  The CDC is making the conclusion after studying 11 communities across the country and nearly eleven thousand children. 

“For children born in 2002 and 2004, that particular rate was steady at 1 in 68, and the new numbers are such that about 1 in 59 children will be affected by autism spectrum conditions," says Washington University autism specialist Dr. John Constantino, who co-authored the report.

But Constantino says the rates have increased only modestly, suggesting there may be leveling off.  Still, researchers found that many children aren't getting diagnosed until age 4 or older.