Modern cheerleading hasn't been the old 'two bits four bits six bits a dollar' game in quite some time. Today's cheerleaders are athletes in their own rights that dance, tumble, do gymnastics, shake, move and groove more than ever before.

And they like to get together now and again and show off to one another at cheerleading competitions. Contestant groups come from all over the country and the world, and therein lies the opportunity for communicable disease to spread rapidly.

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If you know of anyone attending the recent National Cheerleaders Association All-Star National Championship in Dallas last month, they've likely been exposed to mumps.

Texas state officials are warning the athletes from 39 states and nine foreign countries that a person from another state in the US who had mumps, competed in Dallas.

The competition was held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center - as of this writing, no Texas residents have developed the mumps from the competition.

Mumps Symptoms and Prevention

The most common symptoms of mumps (and remember, we're still in a nationwide flu problem too) are fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite and the tell-tale swelling and tenderness of the salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides.

Mumps during the early months of pregnancy can cause problems and complications.

The best way to prevent mumps is through vaccination. The vaccine is included in the combo MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) two shot dose which many people receive in childhood.

For more information related to mumps treatment, vaccination and complications read here from the CDC