In a letter sent Friday, the Texas Department of State Health Services says a person with the mumps could have spread the viral illness at the National Cheerleaders Association All-Star National Championship, held February 23 through February 25 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
The NCA said in a tweet that 23,655 athletes, 2,600 coaches from 39 states and nine countries attended the competition in Dallas. There have been no reported cases of mumps since the tournament.
Parents are being warned that their children may have been exposed to a person who tested positive for the mumps at a cheerleading championship in Dallas. Symptoms include swollen or tender salivary glands, swollen or tender testicles, low-grade fever, tiredness, and muscle aches.
"We wanted to inform people so they could be on the lookout for symptoms", he said. The incubation time for symptoms to arise can take up to 25 days, but usually shows signs in 14 to 18 days. Sharing cups and utensils may also spread the virus. People without symptoms may still spread the virus.
While vaccination against mumps is the best protection against mumps infection, vaccinated individuals may still become infected. Anyone diagnosed with or suspected of having mumps should stay home five days after swollen glands appear.
Officials say if you think you have the mumps, their recommendations are similar to that of the flu: cover sneezes and coughs, and don't share food or drinks.
After learning that someone from another state who attended the event had mumps, the state's health department sent out warning letters last Friday about possible exposure to the disease, the Washington Post reported.