This letter is to inform you that you or your child may have been exposed to a person with 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.
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.
The affiliation said on Twitter that in excess of 23,000 competitors and 2,600 mentors took part in the opposition from February 23 to 25 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.
Van Deusen said the state's health department sent precautionary letters to people from 39 different states who attended the cheerleading competition. Symptoms are swollen and painful salivary glands, fever, muscle aches, weakness and fatigue, loss of appetite, and pain while chewing or swallowing.
Mumps is spread through saliva, like when a person with the illness coughs and sneezes, or by sharing cups or utensils with someone who's infected.
Many people do not have exhibit any symptoms.
Those symptoms usually appear 16 to 18 days after the infection, and individuals can begin spreading the virus two days before showing symptoms. Someone with mumps is infectious three days before to five days after swollen glands appear.
Mumps is a contagious viral illness, according to the letter. Infected people without symptoms may still be able to transmit the virus.
Officials say the two doses of the vaccine is about 88 percent effective in protecting patients, but efficacy can wane over time.
A vaccine for mumps is available and encouraged especially for children over the age of 1. Those who have not received a second MMR shot should get one as soon as possible, health officials suggest.
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