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

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

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

A spokesman from the state health department told the Dallas Morning News that the person traveled from another state.

Parents are on high alert at an Elizabeth Township cheerleading facility after getting word that 27 of their cheerleaders may have been exposed to mumps at a national competition last month.

The Texas Department of State Health Services is alerting the public anyone at the competition from February 23 to February 25 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas should be aware of the exposure. The event took place at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

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According to a tweet by the National Cheer Association, they were among more than 23,000 athletes who participated in the event. There were 1,320 participant teams in the said competition.

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

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

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The rise of the contagious disease past year prompted physicians and health officials to eye a potential third dose of vaccination to support the ongoing immunization standards. In 2016, 6,366 cases were reported - the worst year for mumps in the USA since the MMR vaccine program was introduced in 1977.

Studies have shown that vaccinating people during a mumps outbreak can help control it.

The mumps is a contagious viral infection. Symptoms include swollen or tender salivary glands, swollen or tender testicles, low-grade fever, tiredness, and muscle aches.

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Doctors usually give the first MMR dosage to children aged 12 to 15 months and the second dose is injected at four to six years.

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