State Health Officials Warn Cheer Parents to Watch For Mumps

In February, Dallas played host to the National Cheerleaders Association’s All-Star National Championship. Someone who participated, health officials later determined, was afflicted with the mumps. The Texas Department of State Health Services has sent a letter to parents of those involved in the competition, urging them to be on the lookout.

The mumps have seen something of a resurgence lately, so there’s reason to be on high alert. By April of 2017, and per this press release, Texas had already notched a 20-year high for mumps cases in the state.

Symptoms usually kick in about 14 to 18 days after infection. With the event taking place Feb. 23 to 25, we’re in that zone. A spokesperson for the Texas Department of State Health Services said Monday that the department hasn’t caught wind of any additional cases coming from the exposure. The letter (available here), however, does advise parents to contact their own healthcare providers, not necessarily to report the case to state officials.