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 Union County Adoption and Foster Care Agency is always looking for stable and caring families who will welcome children in need of temporary or permanent homes.
To adopt, a family must be able to support their adopted child through the difficult transition between families and beyond. Therefore, a prospective family is required to go through an assessment period facilitated by the court. As part of this assessment, the family pays a fee based on the family’s income. Upon completion, a family can adopt a child that has been cleared for adoption.
To provide foster care, one must be willing and able to provide a temporary home to a child when the child is unable to remain in his or her own home due to the parents’ inability to provide care for the child.
Foster care services are designed to:
In order to qualify to become a foster parent, a family must do the following:
To request an application to become a foster/adoptive parent call 704-296-4300. You may also complete an online inquiry.
Union County Division of Social Services (DSS) supports safe and stable families in several ways. Through Foster Care Services DSS places and monitors children in foster homes to give them temporary places to stay where they can be safe with the goal of reuniting with their family. DSS also recruits, assesses, and licenses foster families. Through Adoption Services DSS assesses, selects, and facilitates the legal adoption of children in foster care who cannot reunite with their families. DSS also completes independent, step-parent, and relative adoptions for a nominal fee.
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.