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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Monroe, NC 28112
Commissioner Rushing served on the Union County Board of Commissioners from 2002 – 2006 and was elected again in November of 2014. He is a graduate of Piedmont High School and the NC State University Agricultural Institute. He is married to Anne-Marie Rushing and they have two children, Reagan and RyLee.
Commissioner Rushing’s background and work history are in animal agriculture. He is the owner of Take Aim Training Range and is a certified firearms instructor who teaches concealed carry, hunter education, and firearms safety. Commissioner Rushing is also a Federal Firearms Licensed dealer.
Commissioner Rushing’s community involvements include being the Union District Chairman for the Boy Scouts of America 2006-2009, the NRA South Carolina Youth Hunter Education Challenge State Coordinator, and the 2013 NC Governor's Conservation Achievement Award winner for "Hunter Education Instructor of the Year"
Commissioner Rushing’s goal is to work to bring stability and common sense solutions to county government. As a conservative leader he believes in limited government and individual responsibility. Property rights and respect for the taxpayers are both very important to him.