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Autism Rates Soaring For Somalis In U.S.

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Community raised questions about the link

between vaccinations and autism, despite CDC denial


2008-07-28

From the article:

 For refugees, Minneapolis offered a place to start a new life, a new business, or a new family.

"Many things attracted Somalis to Minnesota to stay. Good health cover and good education," said Huda Farah.

Farah works on refugee resettlement with the Minnesota Department of Health. It's through her work that she's noticed something troubling within her community.

"We're seeing (an) increased number in autism," she said.

Reporter Amelia Santaniello asked her, "Is there autism in Somalia?"

"Not many, not many," replied Farah.

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 Out of 100 children in the Minneapolis Schools early childhood special education classroom program for autism, 25 percent of them are Somali. The district as a whole has only about 6 percent of students who speak or hear Somali language at home.

"They are showing the more severe forms of autism, not the broad spectrum of autism that we see in our general population," said Harrington.

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 "When Somali parents come from the refugee camps, some of them get immunizations within those camps regardless of whether it's in Ethiopia or Kenya or other countries," said Farah.

She added that because of poor recordkeeping in those camps, some Somalis receive the same vaccinations three and four times.

Read the rest of the article at the link.


2008-07-28

http://wcbstv.com/health/somali.community.autism.2.780617.html

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