Local cheerleaders possibly exposed to mumps at national competition

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

The Texas Department of State Health Services issued a letter advising those who took part in the competition from February 23 to February 25 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas that they may have been exposed because a person at the event had the disease.

More than 23,000 athletes from across the country took part in a national cheer competition in Texas and now the state's health department is sending out a warning to parents.

Van Deusen said that the patient had gone from another state and that, since the opposition, there have been no reports in Texas of individuals building up the mumps regarding the case.

Symptoms include swelling on one or both sides of the face, tenderness of the salivary glands in the cheek and jaw area, slight fever, headache, general aches and muscle pain.

Mumps is usually spread through saliva and respiratory droplets from when a person with the virus coughs and sneezes. "People with mumps are infectious three days before to five days after swollen glands appear". Most people are vaccinated against mumps as children, but the health department says people can still be infected.

Mumps is an infection from a virus that can be spread through the air or direct contact, similar to the flu.

A total of 130 mumps infections were reported in 25 states between January 1-27, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mumps vaccines are given to children coupled with the measles and rubella vaccines at the age of 12 to 15 months.

The mumps vaccine was created in 1967 and was mostly eradicated until a trend arose in Texas in 2016 with 191 cases reported, according to TDSHS.

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