Area teens who attended cheerleading championship exposed to mumps

Area teens who attended cheerleading championship exposed to mumps

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.

Officials from the Texas Department of State Health Services posted a letter on Twitter that was sent Friday to parents and participants at the National Cheerleaders Association All-Star National Championship from February 23-26, warning them of possible exposure to the contagious viral illness.

23-25 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center downtown.

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

Mumps is spread by saliva or germs spread in the air through a cough or sneeze.

The MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella, is given during childhood, although it's not foolproof. Texas state health officials have now sent out letters to all the participants, informing them about the same.

Many people do not have exhibit any symptoms.

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.

Doctors recommend consulting your family physician to receive your vaccination status. Experts also advise adults born after 1956 to get at least one vaccine dose of MMR. Many traveled from out-of-state. In 2016, 6,366 cases were reported - the worst year for mumps in the US since the MMR vaccine program was introduced in 1977.

There is no treatment for mumps, but typical recovery time is a few weeks.

The letter did not reveal the identity of the person who was first infected, although Chris Van Deusen of the DSHS told local news station WFAA that the individual was from out of state.

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