Between 2000 and 2014, the prevalence of autism in the United States increased by about 150%. Figures that worry health authorities across the country.
A government report published Thursday, April 26, 2018 sounds the alarm: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), autism has become an urgent public health problem in the United States.
The numbers are glaring; in 2002, autism affected 1 child out of 150, this rate increased to 1 child out of 110 in 2006, then to 1 child out of 88 in 2008, then to 1 child out of 68 in 2010 to reach 1 child out of 59 (a prevalence of 16.8 per 1000) in 2014.
These data were collected from 325,483 children from several states including Arizona, Colorado, New Jersey and Minnesota. Based of these data, the researchers found that Austin prevalence grew by 150% since 2000, according to the CDC experts.
Currently, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) would affect 1.7% of American children, surprising figures according to Walter Zahorodny, Associate Professor of Pediatrics in New Jersey, who conducted the study in that state. By way of comparison, in a country like France, autism affects about 1 in every 100 births.
CDC experts also note that boys are, on average, 4 times more affected than girls; 31% of children affected by autism suffer from an intellectual disability; white children would be on average more affected than black or Hispanic children.
On the diagnosis side, although autism can be diagnosed in children as young as 2 years old, most of the children concerned were not diagnosed before the age of 4 years.