Area teens who attended cheerleading championship exposed to mumps

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(KWTX) Central Texas teenagers from two local gyms who attended the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) All-Star National Championship last month in Dallas may have been exposed to the mumps.

The Texas Department of State Health Services issued a letter advising those who took part in the competition from Feb. 23 to Feb. 25 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas that they may have been exposed because a person at the event had the disease.

Extreme Cheer, Gymnastics, and TNT and Powerhouse Cheer and Fitness in Temple both confirmed that they were in Dallas for the cheer event.

Mumps is a contagious viral illness, which symptoms include swollen or tender salivary glands, swollen or tender testicles, low grade fever, tiredness, and muscle aches.

Many people do not have exhibit any symptoms.

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 health department said.

A person at Extreme Cheer said the gym was notified by the Bell County Health Department, but said no one has shown symptoms,

The NCA said in a tweet that 23,655 athletes, 2,600 coaches from 39 states and nine countries attended the competition in Dallas.