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Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Parents warned children possibly exposed to Mumps at Texas cheer championship

Parents warned children possibly exposed to Mumps at Texas cheer championship

Tens of thousands of people who attended a cheerleaders competition in Dallas last month may have been exposed to mumps, Texas health officials say.

There were 23,655 athletes, 2,600 coaches from 39 states and nine countries participating in the National Cheerleaders Association All-Star National Championship Feb. 23 to Feb. 25 in Dallas, according to information posted on the National Cheerleading Association's website.

In all, the organization says that 23,655 cheerleaders from 39 states and nine countries competed in the event from February 23 to February 25 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. If you or your healthcare provider has any questions, please call your local health department or the Texas Department of State Health Services at 512-776-7676. Symptoms include a swollen face, fever, aches, and loss of appetite.

The time from being infected with the virus to developing symptoms can be as long as 25 days but is typically 14 to 18 days, the health department said.

A total of 130 mumps infections were reported in 25 states between January 1-27, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus can also be spread by sharing cups and utensils.

People who have tested positive for mumps are contagious for three to five days after symptoms appear. Infected people without symptoms of mumps may still be able to transmit the virus.

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. The TDSHS said the best way to protect against mumps is to get the vaccine.

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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