CASPER, Wyo. Doctors are increasingly concerned about a measles outbreak spreading across the country.
Ten states reported affected patients with measles, but none in Wyoming.
A CDC report shows around 80 patients contracted measles since the year started.
Measles has certain symptoms to watch for, but be cautious as they can be confused for other conditions.
"When it starts to present itself, anywhere between the first and second week, the most concerning manifestation is a pretty high fever, anywhere from 101 to 104 degrees. Explained Dr. Jason Lovell.
Other symptoms include a cough and rashes all over the body.
Doctors say a big reason for measles spreading is the rate which patients are not getting the vaccine.
Children should get the vaccine twice- once between 12 and 15 months old and the other from four to six years old.
Vaccine treatments, doctors say, can be effective.
"There's a reason why the World Health Organization and the CDC came out in the early 2000s to say that measles is almost eradicated in the sense that, you know it pops up every once in a while. But when you talk about 200 to 300 cases in the entire year, we'll take that." Said Dr. Andy Dunn.
Doctors statewide will continue monitoring the outbreak and say we should too.
Getting the vaccine is the best way to stop the spread.
Measles can be spread through direct contact and as an airborne virus.
Anyone with symptoms should visit their doctor immediately.