The United Methodist Church of Emily will host a tick-borne disease education workshop from 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, led by Nurse Practitioner Gail Seeker of Essentia Health-Emily Clinic.

This is part of a series of Emily area community educational programs. The public is invited to this free event.

Tick-borne diseases are a problem in this area of Minnesota. Lyme is the most common among these diseases, but locals also experience other, more serious tick-related diseases, including anaplasmosis and babesiosis.

Treatment is important for humans and their pets. Tick bites may not produce immediate, clear symptoms but they bear watching closely.

Education and prevention are the best defense. Several steps may be taken for protection against tick bites. Seeker has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating tick-borne diseases. There will be opportunity for questions and answers.

The church is located across from the Emily Post Office near the intersection of Highway 6 and County Road 1. Questions should be directed to Dan at 218-566-2220.