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Health officials report mumps at cheer competition Sharks attended

09 March 2018, 02:39 | Damon Campbell

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Tens of thousands may have been exposed to mumps at cheerleading meet

Health officials are warning thousands of people who attended a national cheerleading competition in Texas last month to be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of mumps.

The person with mumps was from another state, and officials have not identified any connected cases in Texas, said Chris Van Deusen, spokesman for the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Symptoms include swelling on one or both sides of the face, tenderness of the salivary glands in the cheek and jaw area, slight fever, headache, general aches and muscle pain.

Since mumps is a virus, people can treat the symptoms as they would the flu, and it usually runs its course in two weeks.

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Mumps are a viral illness that are highly contagious, but have a preventative vaccine.

"The time from being infected with the virus to developing symptoms can be as long as 25 days but is typically 14 to 18 days", the Texas DSHS explains. "People with mumps are infectious three days before to five days after swollen glands appear".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said mumps can be spread through coughing, sneezing or talking, sharing items such as cups or eating utensils, or touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by others. Infected people without symptoms may still be able to transmit the virus. Anyone who is unsure of their children's vaccination status is encouraged by the TDSHS to contact their doctor.

Health officials said children could be infected with the mumps and not even know they are sick. He likewise said the division had not gotten reports of cases in different states but rather recognized that the "brooding period" is arriving at an end.

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