Incidence of autism in Berkshire

30 Sep

A Reading Borough Council report has shown that the incidence of autism in a borough of Reading, Tilehurst has increased over a period of eight years (2000 – 2008) from 68 to 186, more than doubling.

Lets put these figures in context of a few things. Firstly, thiomersal. Thiomersal was removed from all UK vaccines in 2004. The average age of autism diagnosis is five and a half (PDF) in the UK. This would mean that if thiomersal caused autism, a significant drop off in autism incidence would have been reported to have been occurring during late 2009 early 2010. This was not reported. This could be because the report did not go beyond 2008 but again there’s no mention of that either and I can’t find the relevant document on the Reading Borough Council website

Secondly, the report seems quite clear to refer to diagnoses of ASD which includes PDD-NOS and Aspergers Syndrome. Kate Manton of Berkshire Autism Society says:

People are being diagnosed much earlier now than they were 10 years ago. Children at two and a half are being diagnosed, if the condition is fairly severe.

Thirty years ago [someone] who was disruptive in class but fairly bright would be called naughty.

All good points and ones which mitigate against the obvious simplistic claims that there is some sort of epidemic of autism. There may well be some sort of ‘epidemic’ of _recognition_ of autism in all its many forms but thats not the same thing at all.

I’m left wishing I could get hold of a copy of the same data that the BBC did so to that end I have requested that the BBC send me a copy of the report. Hopefully they’ll reply.

4 Responses to “Incidence of autism in Berkshire”

  1. Tony Bateson October 1, 2010 at 10:45 #

    Thiomersal containing infant vaccines were replaced by Thiomersal free vaccines at 1st September 2004. We need to know the prevalence of autism in children born after that date. Please author obtain that information, it is vital to the argument concerning Thiomersal. Please also confirm that Thiomersal was not present in other infant vaccines.
    You should note that althought the FDA in the United States requested the use of mercury compounds should be ceased in infant vaccines at July 1999 manufacturers were allowed to use up stocks. Consequently Governor Schwartzenegger had to mandate that the use of mercury containing infant vaccines should cease immediately in 2006 at which time the material was still in use in California.

    Tony Bateson, Oxford, UK.

  2. paul5of6 October 2, 2010 at 05:43 #

    Quote from the article:

    “All good points and ones which mitigate against the obvious simplistic claims that there is some sort of epidemic of autism. There may well be some sort of ‘epidemic’ of recognition of autism in all its many forms but thats not the same thing at all.”

    Hmmm….

    It amazes me that so many medical professionals are happy to stop here, without considering that there may be greater recognition of autism cases because there are actually more cases of autism to recognize.

  3. Chris October 2, 2010 at 08:30 #

    Are you really that clueless?

    Pray tell, what version of the DSM are you using as a criteria?

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