Thousands of cheerleaders may have been exposed to mumps at Texas competition

Henrietta Brewer
March 8, 2018

Health officials are warning thousands of people who attended a national cheerleading competition in Texas last month to be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of mumps.

The Texas health department says mumps is a contagious viral illness.

The Texas Department of State Health Services is alerting the public anyone at the competition from February 23 to February 25 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas should be aware of the exposure.

They went from 39 states and nine nations, as indicated by the association. "People with mumps are infectious three days before to five days after swollen glands appear".


Indications can incorporate fever, cerebral pain and muscle throbs, and additionally a swollen jaw and cheeks, and commonly happen 16 to 18 days after a man gets the infection, as per the CDC. It also can be spread through shared utensils.

A spokesman from the state health department told the Dallas Morning News that the person traveled from another state.

The MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella, is given during childhood, although it's not foolproof.

Van Deusen told the Post there have been no reports of cases connected to the cheering event, but added that the "incubation period" is almost at its end. Many people don't have symptoms, according to the state health department.


Because efficacy can wane over time, there are frequent outbreaks of mumps in the U.S.

In January, at least 130 people across 25 states reported having the mumps. In 2016, 6,366 cases were reported - the worst year for mumps in the US since the MMR vaccine program was introduced in 1977.

Most of those infected with the virus, without complications, typically recover within two weeks.


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