A Franklin cheerleading team is among the thousands of people that were exposed to mumps at a Texas cheerleading competition.
In a letter sent Friday, the Texas Department of State Health Services says a person with the mumps could have spread the viral illness at the National Cheerleaders Association All-Star National Championship, held February 23 through February 25 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
Mumps is a contagious virus that causes the salivary glands in the face to become swollen and tender, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Mumps is spread by saliva or germs spread in the air through a cough or sneeze. But someone with the illness can also experience muscle aches, a fever and loss of appetite.
In January, at least 130 people across 25 states reported having the mumps. And no Texas residents have developed mumps in connection with the case.
The letter did not reveal the identity of the person who was first infected, although Chris Van Deusen of the DSHS told local news station WFAA that the individual was from out of state.
"There hasn't been any evidence to suggest that the MMR vaccine does not protect against circulating mumps strains", CDR press officer Ian Branam said.
Cheerleaders from the competition who have received two doses of the mumps vaccine are encouraged to contact their doctors to get an additional booster dose of the MMR vaccine to increasing waning immunity.
"Before the USA mumps vaccination program started in 1967, mumps was a universal disease of childhood", the CDC points out on its website.