Study Links Autism to Pregnancy Infections

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A huge new Danish study links the flu and prolonged fever during pregnancy to a higher risk of having a child with autism.

Mothers who reported having the flu during pregnancy had twice the risk of having a child with the disorder.  If they had a prolonged fever during pregnancy, there was triple the risk.  There was also a small increased risk if the pregnant women took antibiotics.

The research is published in the journal Pediatrics.

FOX 4 Medical Reporter Meryl Lin McKean has local reaction.

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