WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Thousands of cheerleaders who participated at the National Cheerleaders Association All-Star National Championship held Feb. 23-25 in Dallas may have been exposed to mumps, according to Texas health officials.
- The Texas Department of State Health Services sent a letter to participants from 39 states with a warning that “you or your child may have been exposed to a person with mumps” at the national championship.
- According to The WashingtonPost, officials said that around 10,000 people may have been exposed to the virus when an infected person from out of state attended the event.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus that leads to painful swelling of a person’s one or both salivary glands. The swelling results in puffy cheeks and/or a swollen jaw. Symptoms include fever, muscle pain, headache, fatigue, and loss of appetite.