New CDC Report Finds That the Autism Rate in the US Is Increasing

Experts say the rise may be because of better recognition and reporting among minority populations.

According to the new data, one in 59 children in the U.S. has autism.

May 1, 2018

In 2014, 1 in 59 8-year-old children in 11 communities across the United States were identified as having autism, according to a report published April 26 in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Surveillance Summary. This latest estimate that 1.7 percent of children in the United States have autism is higher than the CDC’s previous estimate two years ago, which found 1 in 68 children in the United States had autism, or 1.5 percent.

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