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February 9, 2007
1 in 150 Children in United States Has Autism
New research reveals the shocking statistic that 1 in 150 children in the United States has autism or a related disorder. Researchers still do not know what is causing so many cases.
... the sheer number of children apparently affected -- 560,000 nationwide if the new statistics are extrapolated to all 50 states -- makes autism an "urgent public health issue" and a "major public health concern," said Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, chief of the developmental disabilities branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which conducted the survey.