Kansas cheerleaders among thousands possibly exposed to mumps at Dallas competition

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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) -- Cheerleaders from at least two gyms in Wichita may have been exposed to the mumps at a national competition in Dallas.

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 Feb. 23 to Feb. 25, 2018 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

Cheer Eclipse and ICT Cheer Legacy confirm they had teams attend the event.

According to a tweet by the National Cheer Association, they were among more than 23,000 athletes who participated in the event.

The Texas health department says mumps is a contagious viral illness. Symptoms include swollen or tender salivary glands, swollen or tender testicles, low-grade fever, tiredness, and muscle aches. Many people do not have any symptoms.

Mumps is spread through saliva and respiratory droplets created when a person sick with mumps coughs and sneezes.

Anyone with questions is encouraged to call their local health department (contact information available at https://www.dshs.texas.gov/idcu/investigation/conditions/contacts/) or the Texas Department of State Health Services at 512-776-7676.