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One in 68 kids has autism: US study

Published on Mar 28, 2014 1:45 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - One in 68 children has autism, a 30 per cent rise over the last estimate released in 2012, US health authorities said Thursday.

The latest US data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the "proportion of children with autism and higher IQ (is) on the rise," said a CDC statement.

Previously, as many as one in 88 US children were known to have autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, a developmental disorder that recent research suggests may originate in the womb.

"This new estimate is roughly 30 per cent higher than previous estimates reported in 2012 of 1 in 88 children (11.3 per 1,000 eight year olds) being identified with an autism spectrum disorder," said the CDC.

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