Officials warn about possible mumps exposure at Dallas cheerleading event

Alicia Farmer
March 8, 2018

Central Texas teenagers from two local gyms who attended the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) All-Star National Championship last month in Dallas may have been exposed to the mumps.

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.

Officials have yet to identify anyone in Texas who has since developed the virus in connection to the patient, he said.

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

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Mumps, according to state health officials, is typically contracted through saliva and respiratory droplets created when a person with the virus coughs or sneezes.

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. There is no treatment for mumps once someone gets it, but most people recover completely in a few weeks. Texas state health officials have now sent out letters to all the participants, informing them about the same.

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. If you are unsure of you or your child's vaccination status or if your child has not received both doses, consult your healthcare provider and explain the situation.

Because efficacy can wane over time, there are frequent outbreaks of mumps in the U.S. In 2016, 6,366 cases were reported - the worst year for mumps in the US since the MMR vaccine program was introduced in 1977. "Since the pre-vaccine era, there has been a more than 99% decrease in mumps cases in the United States".

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