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Herpes Virus May Be a Trigger for Autism

New research shows that an active infection of the genital herpes simplex virus type 2 in early pregnancy doubles the chances that a male fetus will develop autism spectrum disorder, Science reports. This doesn’t mean that all children born to women with herpes will develop autism, but it does offer clues into possible genetic predisposition combined with infection as a trigger, scientists said. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects an estimated 1 in 50 American children, and as...

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