An Outbreak of Autism, or a Statistical Fluke?

Map of Somalia

Map of Somalia

From The New York Times
Autism is terrifying the community of Somali immigrants in Minneapolis, and some pediatricians and educators have joined parents in raising the alarm. But public health experts say it is hard to tell whether the apparent surge of cases is an actual outbreak, with a cause that can be addressed, or just a statistical fluke.

In an effort to find out, the Minnesota Department of Health is conducting an epidemiological survey in consultation with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This kind of conundrum, experts say, arises whenever there is a cluster of noncontagious illnesses.

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  1. Posted April 9, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    i am one of somali people i live in mogdisho i was born in 1991 i greatuated high school named mujamac then i stared university

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