Cheerleaders warned about mumps after national competition

Katrina Barker
March 9, 2018

According to a letter issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services, someone with the illness attended the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) All-Star National Championship in Dallas and may have put anyone who competed or was there from February 23 to 25 at risk.

Texas health officials have cautioned up to a huge number of cheerleaders that they may have been presented to the mumps a month ago at a national rivalry in Dallas.

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. However, the Texas Department of State Health Services said infected people can transmit the virus even without showing symptoms. However, many people do not have any symptoms at all.

Developing symptoms can take as long as 25 days after a person is infected with mumps, but it happens typically between 14 and 18 days, the health department says.

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

Mumps are a viral illness that are highly contagious, but have a preventative vaccine. "People with mumps are infectious three days before to five days after swollen glands appear".

"To put it in perspective, there's 27,000 cheerleaders there and there's one case", Moffatt said, noting the media was making a bigger deal of the issue than it actually was, as mumps is contracted through the exchange of saliva. MMR vaccine is not recommended for children less than 1 year of age.

If parents or children who attended the event begin to show signs of the virus they are asked to call their healthcare provider immediately or Health Services at 512-776-7676.

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