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Cheerleaders From 39 States Possibly Exposed To Mumps Cheer Competition

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(Dallas News)-- State health officials are warning athletes from 39 states and nine countries that they may have been exposed to mumps at a cheerleading competition last month in Dallas. 

A person from another state who had mumps traveled to Dallas for the National Cheerleaders Association All-Star National Championship, Texas Department of State Health Services spokesman Chris Van Deusen said. 

The department sent a letter to those who participated in the competition, which was Feb. 23-25 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, to let them know that they or their children may have been exposed to the virus. 

Mumps, which is spread through the saliva or mucus of an infected person, is known for its symptoms of puffy cheeks and a swollen jaw and may be accompanied by a fever, aches and fatigue. Some people may remain without symptoms.

It may take from 14 to 25 days to develop symptoms after becoming infected with the virus. Anyone diagnosed with mumps or suspected of having the virus is advised to stay home for five days after swollen glands appear. 

There is no treatment for mumps, but most people recover completely in a few weeks. 

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