Somalis in Minneosota report many cases of autism

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Somali immigrants living in Minneapolis, Minnesota are finding that an increasing number of their children have autism. Is it random coincidence, or evidence of a larger epidemic? New York Times global health reporter Donald McNeil joins The Takeaway to report.

Check out McNeil's story on the cases, An Outbreak of Autism, or a Statistical Fluke? in today's Science Times.

For more, watch this report and follow the story in The Huffington Post and in The MinnPost.

"There are hundreds of theories going around and everyone's terrified, because even the best medical authorities in the country can't answer the question: What gave your child this."
— New York Times reporter Donald McNeil on the rate of autism among Somalis in Minneapolis

Guests:

Donald G. McNeil, Jr.

Hosted by:

Farai Chideya

Contributors:

Molly Webster

Comments [1]

Carl Robert Hoetzl

Why did you stress the non-existent link between autism and immunization vaccines in your reporting? As recently as last month new studies show no correlation between the two.

Mar. 17 2009 07:12 AM

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