The number of autistic cases diagnosed in Vietnam is up 33 times from a period beginning in 2000 and ending in 2007.
“The number of children with autism in Ho Chi Minh City has increased by nearly 160 times over eight years, the Education and Science Institute has warned.
The warning was released at a seminar on care and education for autistic children jointly held by the Vietnam Association of Autistic Children, the US Embassy in Vietnam and the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund in Hanoi yesterday.”
Critics of the study suggest that previous, undiagnosed cases account for the extreme rise, however, one has to think that parents would be able to determine if a new diagnosis was that of a prior event. I would also think that age ranges of diagnosis would clear this up.
Vaccines in third world countries are on the rise thanks to programs such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As it stands, Vietnam is pushing vaccines in more volume and frequency than ever before.