Parents warned children possibly exposed to Mumps at Texas cheer championship

Marie Harrington
March 9, 2018

A person from another state who had mumps traveled to Dallas for the National Cheerleaders Association All-Star National Championship, Texas Department of State Health Services spokesman Chris Van Deusen said.

There have been no reports of mumps in Texas or any other states in connection with the National Cheerleaders Association All-Star National Championship held February 23-25, according to health department spokesman Chris Van Deusen.

The NCA said in a tweet that 23,655 athletes, 2,600 coaches from 39 states and nine countries attended the competition in Dallas.

When people hear the word "mumps", they may picture someone with puffy cheeks and swollen glands - after all, those are the most common side effects of the virus.

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Mumps is spread through saliva and respiratory droplets created when a person sick with mumps coughs and sneezes. Some people may remain without symptoms.

Mumps is an infectious infection that makes the salivary organs in the face end up swollen, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It also can be spread through shared utensils.

"Mumps is a highly contagious infection". Infected people without symptoms may still be able to transmit 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. Adults who have not had two doses of MMR vaccine can receive the vaccine.

If you, your child, or any other individuals linked to this event experience or have experienced mumps symptoms, the Texas health department asks you to contact your healthcare provider and inform them of your exposure to mumps.

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