Thousands of cheerleaders may have been exposed to mumps at a national competition

Thousands of cheerleaders may have been exposed to mumps at a national competition

Mar 08 2018

Texas health officials have warned tens of thousands of cheerleaders that they may have been exposed to the mumps last month at a national competition in Dallas.

After learning that someone with the illness had attended the National Cheerleaders Association All-Star National Championship, state health officials issued a warning about possible exposure.

“Be alert for symptoms through March 22,” the Texas Department of State Health Services tweeted. In a letter, the agency noted that mumps “is a contagious viral illness.”

A state health spokesman told The Washington Post that a person contagious with mumps had traveled from another state to the national championship, but that there have been no reports in Texas of people developing the mumps in connection with the case. The spokesman, Chris Van Deusen, said the department had not received reports of cases in other states, either, but acknowledged that the “incubation period” is coming to an end.

Source: The Washington Post The Washington Post