Local cheer teams exposed to mumps at national competition

09 March, 2018, 02:40 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Thousands of cheerleaders nationwide were warned about mumps exposure

The infected person attended the National Cheerleaders Association All-Star National Championship in Dallas on February 23 to February 25 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

If your child attended a national cheerleading competition in Dallas last month, you need to pay attention to their health.

That's according to reports from Dallas' WFAA and the Washington Post, which said Wednesday that the Department of State Health Services has issued a letter indicating that an out-of-state competitor had the viral illness during the event. However, the Texas Department of State Health Services said infected people can transmit the virus even without showing symptoms. Symptoms include a swollen face, fever, aches, and loss of appetite. Symptoms usually occur between 16 and 18 days after exposure.

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


Many people do not have exhibit any symptoms.

Most children receive a measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) shot at 12 to 15 months and another dose a few years later - sometime between age 4 and 6, according to the Texas DSHS.

Officials say the two doses of the vaccine is about 88 percent effective in protecting patients, but efficacy can wane over time. There have been no reported cases of mumps since the tournament. 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.

Health officials warned two Midlothian cheerleading groups they may have been exposed to the disease.

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