CDC | Autism diagnoses double | Health
ATLANTA -- A new government report says autism is more common than previously thought, affecting as many as one in 88 children.
The new estimate nearly doubles what officials said it was only five years ago.
Health officials attribute the increase largely to better recognition of cases through wide screening and better diagnosis.
Roughly one million U.S. kids and teens are now considered autistic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the numbers Thursday. They are the latest in a series of studies that have been steadily increasing the government's estimate for autism.