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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

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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: Old compound of Communicable Disease Centre closes. Subscribe