Denise Dowse Battling Virulent Meningitis

Prolific television and film actress Denise Dowse is in a coma as she battles meningitis, according to a social media post by her sister.

According to her sister, Tracey, and posted to Dowse’s Instagram account Sunday, the 64-year-old is “currently in the hospital in a coma brought on by a virulent form of meningitis.

Her doctors do not know when she will come out of the coma as it was not medically induced.”

Tracey added that she considers herself “a private person” but was looking for “support and prayers” for her sibling.

“She [Denise] is a vibrant actor and director that should have many years ahead of her. Thoughts, prayers and support are greatly appreciated,” she concluded her message.

It is unclear what hospital Dowse is in.

The actress, who was born in Hawaii, has more than 100 television and film credits to her name and memorably played Vice Principal Mrs. Yvonne Teasley for 10 years on “Beverly Hills, 90210.”