High Concentration of Autism Among Somali Children in Minneapolis

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A sharp increase of autism cases in Minneapolis among Somali children is of high concern to the Twin Cities’ medical and Somali community.

According to a recent article by Minneapolis’ “Star Tribune,” Somali children make up a very small portion of the school population (about 6 percent), but account for 17 percent of those in Autism Programs. With autism on the rise primarily among Somali children, there has been speculation that everything from vitamin deficiencies, genetics, and vaccines may be to blame.

The article also shows that more children, regardless of their race, have been diagnosed with Autism than ever before, because more people are being trained on how to diagnose it and the definition has expanded through the years.

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