Parents of autistic children and alternative therapists have mooted the possible connection for several years, but it took on more of an official status after a 'think tank' was established during a conference last January.
Physicians who attended agreed to test their autistic patients for Lyme disease, and they intend to tell other doctors if they discover a connection.
They suspect autism may also be caused by other infections, too.
They hope to announce their initial findings at another meeting, which is planned for June.
(Source: Townsend Letter, 2007; 285: 26).
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