One is meningitis, an infection of the lining of the brain, that is fatal in about 10 percent of cases.
Oscar Wilde, it should be noted, had also been touched by early loss: his sister, Isola, died at age nine of meningitis.
Writer Frank McCourt died Sunday at the age of 78 after battling skin cancer and meningitis.
meningitis men·in·gi·tis (měn'ĭn-jī'tĭs)
n. pl. men·in·git·i·des (-jĭt'ĭ-dēz')
Inflammation of the meninges of the brain and the spinal cord, most often the result of a bacterial or viral infection and characterized by fever, vomiting, intense headache, and stiff neck.