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Colorado included in new CDC data on AutismPublished 12/22/2009

Findings released from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed an increase in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from a network of U.S. communities participating in the CDC surveillance project. Colorado has been a participant in the project since 2001. The data indicate an average prevalence of ASD in the United States approaching one percent, which is substantially higher than previously reported average estimates.
Data from the 10 sites with results from multiple surveillance years indicate a significant average increase (57 percent) in identified ASD prevalence in 2006 compared with 2002. In Colorado, the increase was 27 percent, which was lower than the increase in other states.
Across all sites, estimates from the year 2006 indicated ASD prevalence ranging from 4.2 to 12.1 cases per 1,000 children aged 8 years (about one in 80 to 240), with an average of 9.0 (about one in 110). At the participating surveillance sites, ASD prevalence ranged from 7.5 to 10.4 cases per 1,000 children aged 8 years (about 1 in 95 to 135). In Colorado, prevalence was reported for Arapahoe County which had a prevalence of 7.5 per 1,000 children aged 8 years (one in 133). Colorado previously had reported a prevalence of 5.9 per 1,000 children aged 8 years in 2002 (one in 169).
The earliest age at ASD diagnosis ranged from 50 to 60 months for cases in 2006. Colorado had the oldest age of earliest diagnosis. All sites reported a reduction in the age of earliest ASD diagnosis, including Colorado, where the age dropped by 2 months.Early diagnosis is important to educate and support parents in strategies to enhance language and development? said Cordelia Robinson, PhD, RN, a project investigator and director of JFK Partners at the University of Colorado in Denver.
It is not known whether the increases in identified ASD prevalence observed in the network data are attributable to a true increase in the risk of developing ASD symptoms or to changes in community awareness and identification patterns.

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