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Combating the outbreak of infectious diseases is a major public health imperative for the small island-state of Singapore. In this paper we discuss and assess the public health measures taken by the Singaporean government to combat the outbreak of SARS in 2003 and H1N1 in 2009. Most notably, the state introduced a clear line of command and control to monitor the eff ectiveness and effi cacy of public health control measures as well as to oversee their implementation. Meanwhile, it has alsodoi:10.14764/10.aseas-5.1-5 fatcat:x7ylr52ks5fz3bjmw7buwgpzae