The number of new daily cases in the current dengue fever outbreak fell below 100 for the first time Sunday, bringing the total number of cases since May this year to 41,811, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center.
A total of 79 new cases were confirmed Sunday, the lowest since late August, when authorities began offering daily updates about the outbreak, and the first time it had dropped below 100, statistics released Monday show.
The majority of the new cases -- 75 -- were recorded in the southern city of Kaohsiung, while neighboring Tainan City and Pingtung County each reported two new cases, the center said.
It was the third consecutive day that only two new cases were recorded in Tainan, the hardest-hit area, which has recorded 22,721 dengue fever cases since May.
The total number of cases in Kaohsiung rose to 18,224, while Pingtung has the third-highest number of cases -- 351 -- since May, according to the center that was established in September to tackle the outbreak.
Despite a slowdown in the spread of the disease because of cooler weather, Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General said temperatures in southern Taiwan are still warm enough for the dengue-carrying mosquitoes to breed.
The current outbreak has been the worst in Taiwan's history, with the number of cases nationwide more than doubling the previous annual record of 15,732 last year.
The disease has caused 197 deaths this year, while around 96 percent of the patients have recovered, according to the most recent statistics. (By Lung Pei-ning and Kay Liu)