From smallpox, polio, to the Nipah virus and Sars outbreaks, the Communicable Disease Centre (CDC) has been through them all. Established in the early 1900s, the centre cares for patients with HIV, dengue, skin problems like psoriasis, and tuberculosis. The CDC, which will be demolished, now sits on a 9.65ha plot of land that has been zoned for residential purposes, according to a plan by the Urban Redevelopment Authority. It is replaced by a new 330-bed National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) situated across from Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH). The Straits Times documents the compound located along Moulmein Road notoriously known as or sai, which means “black lion” in Hokkien - in reference to the centre’s black lion emblem that adorns its main entrance - and its last days of operations before it closed its gates on Dec 13.