Cheerleaders warned about mumps exposure after national competition

Cheerleaders warned about mumps exposure after national competition

Cheerleaders warned about mumps exposure after national competition

The Texas Department of State Health Services has sent notice to several state health departments, including IN, that people may have been exposed to the mumps at a national cheerleading competition IN Dallas last month.

Texas health officials are warning athletes and their parents who attended a cheerleading competition in Dallas last month of possible exposure to the mumps.

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. Anyone who was present during that time may have been exposed, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said in a letter. Symptoms of the illness include swollen salivary glands, swollen testicles, low-grade fever, fatigue, and muscle aches.

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The Mayo Clinic expresses that the infection is spread by spit - by "taking in salivation beads of a tainted individual who has quite recently wheezed or hacked" or from "offering utensils or containers to somebody who has mumps". Someone with mumps is infectious three days before to five days after swollen glands appear.

Mumps is a contagious viral illness.

Since mumps is a virus, people can treat the symptoms as they would the flu, and it usually runs its course in two weeks. People without symptoms may still spread the virus. Anyone who is unsure of their children's vaccination status is encouraged by the TDSHS to contact their doctor. "Since the pre-vaccine era, there has been a more than 99% decrease in mumps cases in the United States". The TDSHS said the best way to protect against mumps is to get the vaccine.

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