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CDC Report: Autism Rates Spike In New Jersey

April 12, 2019 - 1:32 pm

TRENTON (WCBS 880) — New Jersey has seen a surge in autism cases over the last four years, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

One in 35 children in the state had been diagnosed with autism by the fourth birthday, accounting for a 43 percent jump between 2010 and 2014.

Walter Zahorodny, an associate professor of pediatrics at Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School notes that New Jersey currently has the highest rate of autism cases ever measure in the United States.

“This is just the next chapter of the same story that says autism rates are still increasing, not yet plateaued and we don't, unfortunately, know why,” he said.

Overall, 17 in every 1,000 children will fall somewhere on the spectrum of autism disorders nationwide. The disorder is also more common among boys than girls.

The study did find that early diagnosis in New Jersey is occurring at the same rate among white and minority children, but the growing demand for services and the limited number of providers is delaying care.