NJ Politics Digest: NJ Has Highest Level of Autism Diagnoses in US

Autism Speaks Light it Up Blue Autism Awareness Celebration at Chicago Children’s Museum on April 8, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Autism Speaks

The rate of children diagnosed with autism in New Jersey has tripled in a generation, and the state now has the highest rate of diagnosed preschoolers that has ever been measured in the United States.

Those are the findings of Rutgers University researchers that were published Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, according to a report by The Record.

The national average rate of autism is 13 children per 1,000. In New Jersey, the rate is 28 per 1,000.
The researchers also found that the increase in autism is not yet showing signs of leveling off, according to the Record report. The rate is the same among children of different races, though boys were 3.5 times more likely to be diagnosed than girls, according to the report.

Researchers were unable to find a cause for the rapid rise. As both the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics note, vaccines do not cause autism.

April is Autism Awareness month.

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NJ Politics Digest: NJ Has Highest Level of Autism Diagnoses in US