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Study Identifies Autism Clusters In California

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California Autism Cluster Map

California Autism Cluster Map

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A U.C. Davis researcher has identified an autism cluster -- an area where autism is prevalent -- in La Jolla, Carmel Valley and Fairbanks Ranch.
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Above: A U.C. Davis researcher has identified an autism cluster -- an area where autism is prevalent -- in La Jolla, Carmel Valley and Fairbanks Ranch.

— A researcher at U.C. Davis has identified 10 areas in California, including one in San Diego County, that have high rates of childhood autism. These autism "clusters" are typically located in urban areas where parents have high levels of education.

Karla Van Meter conducted the study. She said the link between autistic kids and highly educated parents is well known, and there are theories as to why that link exists.

"One is that educated parents are more capable or more successful negotiating to get their kids services," she said. "You have to apply. You have to call people, make appointments, explain to people what's going on."

One of California's autism clusters is in the part of San Diego County that includes La Jolla, Carmel Valley and Fairbanks Ranch. The study failed to identify any environmental factors that may contribute to autism.

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Avatar for user 'anobody'

anobody | January 6, 2010 at 2:29 p.m. ― 4 years, 3 months ago

I would like to see a map of the other cluster areas as well. Are any of them near Karosene or burt fuel sources?

This cluster area sits directly in the flight corridor of Marine Corps Air Station Mirimar. Ironically the area depicted in the map is interestingly correlated with common off shore winds in that area where there would be the most exhaust discharge.

Often air craft take off and fly right over La Jolla to the ocean. How do I know this? I have worked in the vicintity of Green hospital for over ten years and watch the jets constantly fly over the area day after day after day. They fly pretty low too you MUST cover you ears when they go by (it is not voluntary your body MAKES you protect your ears).

Why is Del Mar not affected? They don't fly over Del Mar.

I am NOT suggesting causation merely and interesting correlation.

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anobody | January 6, 2010 at 3:04 p.m. ― 4 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for adding the document depicting the other cluster areas...

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coiptic | January 6, 2010 at 3:54 p.m. ― 4 years, 3 months ago

I wonder how the age of the parents (and/or the mother) correlates with the chances of their children having autism.

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anobody | January 6, 2010 at 5:45 p.m. ― 4 years, 3 months ago

I searched using Google Maps to see if some of the other cluster areas defined by the article could be subject to low flying aircraft (Jets mainly). It was a quick look and no formal examination of exact distances or wind direction or weather was considered here. Again NOT suggesting causation, just interesting to ponder the role jet fuel or Kerosene could play regarding Autism.

It would seem that logic would dictate that clusters would certainly be a common occurance around major airports and military air bases in general if there was a real link between jet fuel and Autism. My question here would be are there Autism clusters in other areas of the U.S. and if so where are they and what are they surrounded by. Too many questions and not enough answers....

So here are the results of my Google Maps search using the Autism cluster areas shaded in black identified in the document that accompanies the Autism cluster article:

San Francisco - San Francisco International, Oakland International Airport, Hayward Exec Airport and NAS Alameda all nearby

Redwood City - San Carlos Airport, San Francisco International, Oakland International Airport, Hayward Exec Airport and NAS Alameda all nearby

Sunnyvale - Near NAS Moffett Federal Airfield (literally at one end of the airfield), San Jose International, Airport of Santa Clara County

Santa Clara - adjacent to San Jose International, and near Airport of Santa Clara County and NAS Moffett Federal Airfield.

Thousand Oaks - Point Mugu NAS, Camarillo airport Van Nuys Airport, Santa Monica municipal airport, Burbank - Glendale - Pasedena Airport, Palmdale Usaf, Edwards AFB and LAX all nearby.

Beverly Hills - LAX, Edwards AFB, Burbank - Glendale - Pasedena Airport, Palmdale Usaf

Redondo Beach/ Torrence - LAX, Long Beach Harbor (no airport but TONS of diesel activity)

Cerritos/Norwalk - military and small civillian airports surround this area, LAX approach?

Modesto - located between Stockton and Modesto airports

Fresno - located between Fresno Chandler and Feresno Yosemite airports and near Lemoore NAS

Dana Point/ Mission Viejo - Military and civilian air ports surround this area

San Diego - Marine Corp Air Station Miramar nearby

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