By: Chen Wei-ting and Lee Hsin-Yin
Taipei, Sept. 19 (CNA) Taiwan had seen 12,369 dengue fever cases as of Friday, an increase of 746 cases from the previous day, marking a new daily high, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Saturday.
The southern municipalities of Tainan and Kaohsiung remain worst affected by the mosquito-borne disease, accounting for 10,797 and 1,465 cases, respectively.
Despite the surge, the agency said it expects the outbreak to fade away earlier than expected thanks to mild weather forecast for coming days, with small chances of heavy rainfall.
The CDC said earlier this week that the endemic could ease up by the end of October, predicting that the total number of dengue fever cases will hit 30,000-37,000 during the outbreak. [FULL STORY]