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Citation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA. MMWR Morb. Mortal. Wkly. Rep. 1996; 45(6): 130-134.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1996, (in public domain), Publisher U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

8622621

Abstract

Primary prevention of developmental disabilities requires knowledge of the specific causes of these conditions. Postnatal causes account for 3%-15% of all developmental disabilities and often are preventable. To assess the prevalence and determine the specific etiology of postnatally acquired developmental disabilities, CDC analyzed data from its ongoing Metropolitan Atlanta Developmental Disabilities Surveillance Program (MADDSP) for 1991 (the most recent year for which complete data were available). This report summarizes the findings of the analysis, which indicate that bacterial meningitis and child battering were the leading postnatal causes of developmental disabilities and that children with postnatally acquired developmental disabilities had a higher average number of disabilities than all other children with developmental disabilities.

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