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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The Operations Division is led by Captain Greg Thomas. The Operations Division is comprised of the patrol bureau, as well as smaller, specialized units. Captain Thomas also oversees those deputies assigned to the towns of Lake Park, Marvin, Weddington and Wesley Chapel.
The Patrol Bureau has four geographic zones, each with its own patrol squad and K9 unit, led by a lieutenant and a sergeant. Duties of each squad include 12-hour patrol shifts where officers conduct investigations, serve warrants and processes, and answer calls for service.
In the Warrant Squad, a sergeant leads a group of deputies who focus on finding, arresting and processing those who have warrants for arrest, including those who are both residents of Union County or are from other jurisdictions.
Under a program in place since the 1990s, Town Contract Deputies are contracted from the Sheriff’s Office to perform community-based protection and safety services to specific towns in Union County. As of 2015, this program is active in Weddington, Lake Park, Wesley Chapel, Marvin and has an especially large and successful presence in the town of Indian Trail.
The Sheriff’s Alcohol Field Enforcement (SAFE) Unit is a grant-funded program that was created in 2015 to help keep citizens safe from drunk drivers and to decrease the amount of DWIs. This unit includes a sergeant and four deputies specializing in traffic safety.
Monroe, NC 28112
Captain Greg Thomas
Operations Division Supervisor
The Union County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) provides a full range of law enforcement services for our citizens in a continually growing county. These services include patrol, jail, civil process, criminal investigation and animal services.
The Sheriff’s Office works to serve the public to the best of their ability by providing quality service to citizens through contemporary law enforcement tactics, philosophies and proficient development of personnel.