an attack of

an attack of

A sudden or acute onset of (an illness). I went to bed early last night after an attack of indigestion.
See also: attack, of
References in classic literature ?
thought Rostov, feeling that at last the time had come to experience the joy of an attack of which he had so often heard from his fellow hussars.
It is virtually impossible to eliminate every vulnerability and every potential path an attack of this nature might take," Comay continued.