New autism study included kids in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS - We have new reaction to that stunning report that one in 68 American children now have autism.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released that revised statistic this week, and it's a 30 percent jump from just two years earlier. Health officials say the increase is likely because doctors are becoming better at diagnosing autism.

One of the sites at the center of the research was right here in the St. Louis metro area. Doctors here say about 1 in 70 St. Louis children have some form of autism.

"If we get these children identified early we can start treatments that in some cases really seem to improve the children's function and improve their outcomes," said Dr. Rob Fitzgerald.

Children with autism continue to be overwhelmingly male. The CDC estimates 1 in 42 boys has autism, compared to 1 in 189 girls.


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