EDISON - New Jersey is now reporting one of the highest rates of autism in the country, with one out of every 45 children being diagnosed with some form of the disorder.
This comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a 30 percent increase in diagnosis nationwide. Health officials now say that one in 88 children in the country have some form of autism.
However, officials warn that the increase does not mean autism is occurring more often. It is believed the increase may be related to cultural and medical shifts, with doctors diagnosing autism more frequently, especially in children with milder symptoms.
The report, which came out Thursday, is considered the most comprehensive on the frequency of autism.