March 24, 2018

Cheerleaders may have been exposed to Mumps at national competition in Dallas

09 March 2018, 02:40 | Kara Nash

Tens of thousands of cheerleaders might have been exposed to mumps in Dallas

Cheerleaders may have been exposed to Mumps at national competition in Dallas

The Texas Department of State Health Services has sent notice to several state health departments, including IN, that people may have been exposed to the mumps at a national cheerleading competition IN Dallas last month.

If your child attended a national cheerleading competition in Dallas last month, you need to pay attention to their health. 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. Anyone who was present during that time may have been exposed, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said in a letter.

Symptoms of mumps include swollen or tender salivary glands, swollen or tender testicles in men, low grade fever, tiredness, and muscle aches.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said mumps can be spread through coughing, sneezing or talking, sharing items such as cups or eating utensils, or touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by others.

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

Mumps are a viral illness that are highly contagious, but have a preventative vaccine. Many people do not experience any symptoms. People without symptoms may still spread the virus. The department has apparently received no reports of any follow-up cases of the mumps, but told the Post "the next few days will probably be telling" and that cheerleaders have been advised to look out for symptoms. The TDSHS said the best way to protect against mumps is to get the vaccine.

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