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Autism Prevalence Increases to 1 in 59

Date Published: 
May 1, 2018

Autism now affects 1 in 59 children in the United States, an increase from the previous prevalence of 1 in 68 children, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Data on prevalence cames from the health agency's tracking system, which looks for autism among more than 300,000 8-year-old children in 11 states throughout the United States.

According to a CDC press release, "Some of the change in prevalence could be due to improved autism identification in minority populations – although autism is still more likely to be identified in white children than in black or Hispanic children....

“Autism prevalence among black and Hispanic children is approaching that of white children,” said Stuart Shapira, M.D., Ph.D., associate director for science at CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. “The higher number of black and Hispanic children now being identified with autism could be due to more effective outreach in minority communities and increased efforts to have all children screened for autism so they can get the services they need.”