Kansas cheerleaders among thousands possibly exposed to mumps at Dallas competition

Cheerleaders may have been exposed to Mumps at national competition in Dallas

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.

More than 23,000 athletes from across the country took part in a national cheer competition in Texas and now the state's health department is sending out a warning to parents.

That's according to reports from Dallas' WFAA and the Washington Post, which said Wednesday that the Department of State Health Services has issued a letter indicating that an out-of-state competitor had the viral illness during the event. 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 typically occur 16 to 18 days after exposure to the virus, which is spread by "breathing in saliva droplets of an infected person who has just sneezed or coughed" or from "sharing utensils or cups with someone who has mumps", according to the Mayo Clinic.

"We wanted to inform people so they could be on the lookout for symptoms", he said.

"The incubation period for mumps can last from two weeks to a month, so the cheerleaders in Dallas should watch for symptoms of fever, muscle aches and swollen glands", said NBC News correspondent Dr. John Torres.

"Mumps is a highly contagious infection". "Since the vaccine has been developed, there have been as few as 200 cases per year, but the mumps virus has never been eliminated from the United States". Infected people without symptoms may still be able to transmit the virus.

Children usually receive the first mumps, measles, and rubella vaccine (MMR) at 12 to 15 months of age and the second dose at 4 to 6 years.

Moffatt said she received a one-page information email from Health Canada about the mumps.

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