Kansas cheerleaders among thousands possibly exposed to mumps at Dallas competition

Tens of thousands of people who attended a national cheerleading competiton have been told to look out for signs of the mumps after an infected person attended the championship last month

The Department of State Health Services issued a letter on March 2 stating participants may have been exposed to a person with the mumps at the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) All-Star National Championship on February 23 to February 25, 2018 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

Texas Department of State Health said it can take as long as 25 days for people infected by the virus to exhibit symptoms, but most cases develop within two weeks.

The Texas Department of State Health Services says a contestant from outside Texas, who attended the National Cheerleaders Association All-Star National Championship, had the mumps and was contagious.

"We are sending this letter to make you aware of this exposure and to provide additional information about mumps", the letter read. Officials have yet to identify anyone in Texas who has since developed the virus in connection to the patient, he said. The participants were told in the letter to watch for symptoms of the virus, which include fever, headache and muscle aches, a swollen jaw and cheeks. "Infected people without symptoms of mumps may still be able to transmit the virus".

No reports have come to the department from any other states, according to the Post.

Thousands of cheerleaders - including students from several Oklahoma schools - may have been exposed to the mumps at a national competition in Dallas.

State health officials and the National Cheerleaders Association didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday. Competitors from 29 states were present at the NCA competition in Dallas.

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