Local cheer teams exposed to mumps at national competition

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

Health officials say that thousands of cheerleaders may have been exposed to mumps last month at the National Cheerleaders Association All-Star National Championship in Dallas, Texas.

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.

The affiliation said on Twitter that in excess of 23,000 competitors and 2,600 mentors took part in the opposition from February 23 to 25 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. Anyone who was present during that time may have been exposed, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said in a letter.

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Mumps, a contagious illness that swells salivary glands through infected saliva, tends to resolve itself after as little as a week of rest, according to the Centers for Disease Control, but is best known for the fever, puffy cheeks and swollen jaw it causes. Many people do not have any symptoms. "Since the vaccine has been developed, there have been as few as 200 cases per year, but the mumps virus has never been eliminated from the United States". People without symptoms may still spread the virus. "Since the pre-vaccine era, there has been a more than 99% decrease in mumps cases in the United States". MMR vaccine is not recommended for children less than 1 year of age. Anyone who is unsure of their children's vaccination status is encouraged by the TDSHS to contact their doctor.

Officials say if you think you have the mumps, their recommendations are similar to that of the flu: cover sneezes and coughs, and don't share food or drinks.

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