Maternal Infection During Pregnancy and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Published January 1, 2014 in Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Pregnant women who were diagnosed with a bacterial infection during a hospital visit were more likely to have their child be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, a study in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders reports. “Multiple maternal infections and bacterial infections occurring during late pregnancy, particularly those diagnosed in a hospital setting, were associated with a higher risk of autism,” the researchers reported.

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10803-013-2016-3

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