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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To protect the citizens of Union County by enforcing the civil and criminal laws of North Carolina through proactive and responsive community policing, operating a secure and professional detention facility, providing for the safety and security of our court system, and providing outstanding public service with emphasis on integrity and professionalism while upholding the constitutionality of the Office of Sheriff.
Sheriff Eddie Cathey was born in Canton, North Carolina and grew up in that region. He graduated from Pisgah High School in 1967. In 1969 he was inducted into the United States Army.
After completing his military service, he returned home and worked briefly in the Canton Police Department before applying to the NC Highway Patrol. In 1974, he graduated from the Highway Patrol Academy and was assigned to Union County as his first station. While with the NC Highway Patrol he earned his certification in AOMP from North Carolina State University in 1989. Over the next 26 years he rose through the ranks and served at various duty stations across the state. He retired a First Sergeant with the North Carolina Highway Patrol 2000.
In 2002 Eddie Cathey was elected Sheriff of Union County. He was re-elected in November 2006, running unopposed. He ran again unopposed in 2010. In 2014 he was elected for his fourth term.
Sheriff Cathey and his wife, Anne, have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. He is an active member of Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, a member of the Meadow Branch Masonic Lodge and the National Rifle Association. He serves on the Law Enforcement Advisory Committee with South Piedmont Community College, Board of Directors for AOMP; Active Support of the American Red Cross, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He considers public service of any type a privilege. Among his many accomplishments and commitments, he is especially proud of his participation with state and federal law enforcement task forces, including partnerships with the NC SBI, FBI, US Secret Service and US Drug Enforcement Administration as well as enhanced cooperation with local law enforcement entities.
Sheriff Cathey’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life for Union County citizens remains his primary focus and drive. His leadership style encourages his employees to reach for excellence and to be responsible to the citizens they serve. He leads by example.
3344 Presson Road
Monroe, NC 28112
Indian Trail Office
109 Navajo Trail
Indian Trail, NC 28079
Wesley Chapel Office
315 Waxhaw Indian Trail Road South
Waxhaw, NC 28173
Tony Underwood, PIO
The Union County Sheriff’s Office is headquartered at 3344 Presson Road, Monroe, NC 28112. The UCSO is a full-service law enforcement agency, meaning we provide the full range of law enforcement services for our citizens, including: Patrol, Jail, Civil Process, Criminal Investigation and Animal Services. Our county is 643 square miles in area. Union County has been recognized as the fastest growing county in the state, and one of the fastest growing counties in the nation.