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Autism rates rise in children by 30 percent, data show

The percentage of American kids with autism jumped 30 percent in two years, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday which found that 1 in 68 children had autism spectrum disorder in 2010, up from 1 in 88 children in 2008.

That’s based on a survey of medical records in 8-year-olds from 11 communities throughout the U.S. When the CDC started its surveillance of these communities back in 2000, the incidence of autism was 1 in 150 children.

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