Grove City High School boys’ tennis coach Lorraine Gilson remained in critical condition Tuesday at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.

Mrs. Gilson, 71, fell ill April 17 and was diagnosed April 19 with bacterial meningitis. About 18 people who were in close contact with her were treated with antibiotics as recommended by school physician Dr. Edward C. Smith, who said no one else was at risk.

The state Department of Health didn’t recommend antibiotics, saying there is little risk of spreading the infection. School Superintendent Dr. Robert M. Post said casual contact, such as being in the same room as the infected person, isn’t considered a risk.

The district sent letters to parents that explained the disease and its common symptoms, which are high fever, lethargy, nausea and vomiting, head/neck pain and a purple rash.

The disease is transmitted by fluids from the nose and throat, not by casual contact or through the air. However, several school districts canceled events with Grove City teams once they learned of Mrs. Gilson’s illness.

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