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 Services Division is supervised by Captain Warren Stephens. The division is divided into smaller specialized units called Bureaus.
Open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This bureau and its officers and deputies enforce North Carolina state law and Union County animal control ordinances. Their duties include stray pick-ups, animal bites, animal nuisance reports, animal cruelty investigations and humane trap dispersal.
To report a missing pet, email email@example.com with full description, details about where and when the pet went missing, and your contact information. If you believe the pet was stolen, contact the Sheriff’s Office at 704-283-3789.
This bureau processes civil orders that are issued by the court system such as evictions, summonses, domestic violence protective orders, juvenile documents and writs.
Support Services is responsible for providing support to the Sheriff’s Office. Support Services assists the public at the front desk and on the phone. Support Services completes information inquiries, processes permit requests, collects and manages crime and incident records, handles fugitive and extradition matters, and trains personnel.
The Training Bureau is responsible for annual firearms training, in-service training and other trainings that are required by state law. The Training Bureau also runs the Field Training Officer Program.
Monroe, NC 28112
Captain Warren Stephens
Services Division Supervisor
Jail Transport: 704-292-2500,
Jail Transport Fax: 704-292-2599
Community Resources: 704-283-3765
Animal Services: 704-283-2308
Pet Adoption: 704-283-8303
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.