Charlie Crist, the Governor of Florida alarmed at the growing rate of Autism and its effect on the children and families of the State of Florida as well as the economic impact on healthcare and educational systems, commissioned by Executive Order 08-36 (March 7, 2008) the Autism Task Force, a broad Panel of individuals from both private and public sectors, to examine and evaluate the risks to the children and economy of the State of Florida.
On September 24-25, 2008 Governor Crist’s Task Force on Autism Spectrum Disorders convened at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. These are highlights from the two day conference.
The use of thimerosal (ethylmercury), a preservative used in vaccinations, was the hot topic of the two day conference.
Mercury and its compounds are hazardous to humans.
Ethylmercury, mercury’s most dangerous compound, is used extensively in vaccines as a preservative and anti-bacterial agent.