Health officials report mumps at cheer competition Sharks attended

Cheerleaders warned about mumps exposure after national competition

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Health officials say someone with mumps attended the national championship competition, potentially putting tens of thousands of people in danger.

There have been no reports of mumps in Texas or any other states in connection with the National Cheerleaders Association All-Star National Championship held February 23-25, according to health department spokesman Chris Van Deusen.

More than 23,000 athletes and 2,600 coaches participated in the competition from February 23 to 25 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, according to the organization's website.

After learning that someone from another state who attended the event had mumps, the state's health department sent out warning letters last Friday about possible exposure to the disease, the Washington Post reported. Symptoms of the illness include swollen salivary glands, swollen testicles, low-grade fever, fatigue, and muscle aches.

Mumps is a virus that is spread by coughing, sneezing and direct contact with saliva, like eating or drinking after an infected person.

"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 letter continued.

People with mumps are contagious three days before to five days after swollen glands appear.

Most children receive a measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) shot at 12 to 15 months and another dose a few years later - sometime between age 4 and 6, according to the Texas DSHS. He likewise said the division had not gotten reports of cases in different states but rather recognized that the "brooding period" is arriving at an end.

Vaccination is the best protection against the mumps, the health department says, but vaccinated individuals can still become infected.

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