Pregnant women who catch flu or have a fever that lasts over one week have a higher risk of giving birth to a baby with autism.
The authors gathered and analyzed data on a population-based cohort of 96,736 children, all of them were born in Denmark from 1997 to 2003.
Their mothers were asked what illnesses, especially infections and fevers they had during their pregnancies and the early days after giving birth. They were also asked about any antibiotic use during those periods.
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