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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Date Issued: 12/14/15
Date Due: 12/14/15
The SWMF, located at 2125 Austin Chaney Road, Wingate, North Carolina, accepts yard debris and wood pallets from local residents and businesses as a part of our Type I Composting permit at the facility. The yard waste and pallets are stockpiled at our Type I Composting Operations Site as required by NCDENR and efforts are made to keep the material clean of other solid waste materials upon acceptance. However, the County will provide an open top container to the contractor for the separation of any other solid waste materials identified within the yard waste materials or wood pallet stockpile for proper disposal at our C&D Landfill. The average in-coming tonnage for yard waste materials is approximately 320 tons/month and in FY 2015 the SWMF accepted 3870.08 tons. The average in-coming tonnage for pallet materials is approximately 20 tons/month and in FY 2015 the SWMF accepted 237.56 tons.