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Farewell, Black Lion of Moulmein: Old compound of Communicable Disease Centre closes

Shutters come down on facility that sheltered infectious disease patients for 105 years

From smallpox, plague, diphtheria, typhoid, cholera and malaria in the early 1900s, to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Nipah virus, severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and the threats of a flu pandemic in recent years, the Communicable Disease Centre (CDC) has been through them all.

After being at the forefront of fighting major infectious diseases in Singapore for more than a century, the gates of the old compound located in Moulmein Road finally closed as operations ceased last Thursday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 17, 2018, with the headline 'Farewell, Black Lion of Moulmein'. Print Edition | Subscribe