By: Lee Hsin-Yin
Taipei, Oct. 9 (CNA) The Centers for Disease Control on Friday called on Taiwan residents to step up efforts to eradicate mosquito breeding sites in the fight against a huge dengue outbreak, as the Double Ten holiday weekend is forecast to be rainy.
The humid weather, coupled with the rain, is favorable for mosquito breeding and could escalate the dengue situation in Taiwan, which was just showing signs of slowing down, the CDC said
As of Thursday, the number of dengue fever cases in Taiwan had reached 22,180, an overnight increase of 419, according to CDC data.
The southern Taiwan cities of Tainan and Kaohsiung reported an increase of 282 and 130 cases, respectively, from the previous day. Cases reported in those two municipalities — 18,665 in Tainan and 3,145 in Kaohsiung — account for over 98 percent of the national total. [FULL STORY]