Newswise — Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health contributed to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that finds the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among children aged 8 years in Maryland in 2018 was 1 in 49—or 2.0 percent— compared to 1 in 52 based on 2016 data, a 6.5 percent increase.

This is the ninth CDC report based on data collected at 11 regional monitoring sites across the U.S. that are part of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. The Maryland site is based in the Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The new CDC report found the prevalence of ASD to be 1 in 44—or 2.3 percent—among children aged 8…

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