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 Personal Property division is responsible for the appraisal and assessment of all personal property within Union County. Personal Property includes business and individual personal property, and unregistered motor vehicles. For questions related to registered motor vehicle taxes please contact the Tax Collector's office at 704-283-3848.
Business personal property includes machinery, equipment, computers, furniture, fixtures, supplies, airplanes, farm machinery, and any other income-producing personal property. All personal property must be listed annually by January 31. Listing forms not received by the deadline will be subject to a 10% penalty. Extensions may be granted upon written request if postmarked by by January 31. If you listed with this office last year, a listing form will be mailed to you at your address of record. If you do not receive a listing form for property which you are required to list, it is your responsibility to obtain the proper form.
Individual personal property includes boats, boat motors, jet skis, some manufactured homes, aircraft (including hot air balloons and gliders), and unlicensed vehicles (including automobiles, trucks, utility and over-the-road trailers, campers and motorcycles). Effective for the tax year beginning on or after July 1, 2003, residential manufactured homes that do not have the wheels, axles, and tongue removed, and are not on a permanent foundation on the manufactured home owner’s land are considered personal, movable property and must be individually listed on a listing form each year by the owner.