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Warning of possible mumps exposure following national cheer competition in Texas

08 March 2018, 04:51 | Melissa Porter

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

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

More than 23,000 cheerleaders may have been exposed to mumps during a national competition last month in Dallas, health officials announced Wednesday.

A person with the virus attended the National Cheerleaders Association All-Star National Championship in Fort Worth, which drew crowds from 39 states, between February 23 and February 25.

Van Deusen said the state's health department sent precautionary letters to people from 39 different states who attended the cheerleading competition.

Mumps is an infectious infection that makes the salivary organs in the face end up swollen, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Telltale signs of mumps - spread through saliva or mucus through coughing, sneezing or talking- are puffy cheeks.

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

The Texas Department of State Health alerted people by letter that they may have been exposed to a contagious person attending the championship.

Mumps has been on the rise with unrelated outbreaks around North Texas and Hawaii in the past few months, which officials said was the worst seen in years but is beginning to subside.

In January, at least 130 people across 25 states reported having the mumps. Those who have not received a second MMR shot should get one as soon as possible, health officials suggest. MMR vaccine is not recommended for children less than 1 year of age. Sharing cups and utensils may also spread the virus.

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

While vaccination against mumps is the best protection against mumps infection, vaccinated individuals may still become infected.

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