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Area teens who attended cheerleading championship exposed to mumps

09 March 2018
Area teens who attended cheerleading championship exposed to mumps

According to a letter issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services, someone with the illness attended the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) All-Star National Championship in Dallas and may have put anyone who competed or was there from February 23 to 25 at risk.

A person with the virus attended the National Cheerleaders Association All-Star National Championship in Fort Worth, which drew crowds from 39 states, between February 23 and February 25. Days after the event ended, the organization boasted on Twitter that 23,655 athletes attended the competition, along with 2,600 coaches from 39 states and nine countries.

The Texas Department of Health said a person with mumps attended the event, potentially exposing other people.

Those symptoms include swollen salivary glands, a low-grade fever, tiredness and muscle aches.

But even people with a mild case of the disease can spread it through saliva or mucus with coughs, sneezes, sharing food and more. Many people do not experience any symptoms.

Those symptoms usually appear 16 to 18 days after the infection, and individuals can begin spreading the virus two days before showing symptoms.

People with mumps are contagious three days before to five days after swollen glands appear.

Mumps vaccines are given to children coupled with the measles and rubella vaccines at the age of 12 to 15 months. If you are unsure of you or your child's vaccination status or if your child has not received both doses, consult your healthcare provider and explain the situation. And no Texas residents have developed mumps in connection with the case. The TDSHS said the best way to protect against mumps is to get the vaccine.