Communicable disease is defined as "illness due to a specific infectious agent or its toxic products that arises through transmission of that agent or its products from an infected person, animal, or reservoir to a susceptible host, either directly or indirectly through an intermediate plant or animal host, vector, or the inanimate environment." Communicable disease pathogens include bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites and prions.
Communicable diseases can have a significant impact on the population. The surveillance and control of such diseases is an important part of protecting the public's health. The Communicable Disease program primarily deals with infectious diseases that are reportable by law.
The program also deals with other communicable diseases of public health significance, such as:
For additional information please visit the NC Communicable Disease website.
The program responsibilities include:
Rabies is a vaccine preventable disease in humans, dogs, cats and ferrets as well as some domestic livestock. All mammals are susceptible to rabies and it is nearly always fatal. Rabies can be prevented in humans with timely and appropriate treatment. In North Carolina the disease most often occurs in wild animals especially skunks, raccoons, bats and foxes. Raccoon rabies is present in the raccoon population in virtually every North Carolina county. For additional information on Rabies please visit:
STD and HIV prevention and control services includes providing clinical services, education and awareness efforts and monitoring disease trends through surveillance and epidemiology. STD Clinic provides testing, treatment and education at no cost to the client for:
Our Immunization Clinic provides vaccines to people of all ages, including those traveling internationally. Public Health offers vaccines for preventable diseases to reduce the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases within Union County. The following vaccines are offered through our immunization clinic:
In addition to vaccines, Blood Titer testing is available for the following:
With the mission of public health to promote health, prevent disease and protect the community, International Travel Immunizations allow us to assist those traveling internationally the opportunity for disease protection. A Registered Nurse will review travel itinerary, provide immunization education and vaccination(s). A Vaccination record will be provided to you for your records.
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Union County cares about its four-legged residents too! Please use this site to learn more about local animal rescue resources and information for what to do if you encounter a lost pet or have been bitten by an animal.
View our lost and found slideshow to see if we have your animal or call us.
Contact Union County Animal Services at 704-283-2308.
To adopt a pet from Union County Animal Services, please visit the shelter during our hours of operation.
We are open 1:00pm – 5:00pm Monday through Friday and 10:00am – 3:00pm Saturday, closed Sunday. Visit with the animals, spend time with the animal you are interested in making sure they are the right fit for your family. Once you are ready to adopt, we do same day adoptions. You will need your driver’s license and $85.00 cash, Visa or MasterCard.
You will sign a contract stating the animal will be spayed or neutered within 6 months of adopting, if not already completed. The $85.00 includes a well check and spay or neuter at one of our approved vet offices, along with the first round of shots already given.
There are no refunds, so we would like you to be sure of your choice and spend as much time as you need with the animal. We also encourage adopters to bring their children and let shelter staff know if they would like to introduce their current pets to a potential new pet.
Please do not approach a stray animal that is unknown to you. You can report stray animals in need to Union County Animal Services at 704-283-2308. Our hours of operation are 8:00am- 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Reminder, there is not a leash law in Union County, but there may be a leash law in certain town or cities within Union County.
If a stray animal shows up to your home and you are attempting to locate owners, you will need to contact Union County Animal Services with a description of the animal and your contact information.
If you have lost a pet, please report your pet missing to Union County Animal Services along with a picture of your pet, you can contact us via phone or email: 704-283-2308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Union County Animal Services
3340 Presson Rd.
Monroe, NC 28112
Animal Service: 704-283-2308
Animal Adoption: 704-283-8303
Lost and Found Email: email@example.com
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.