Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) is a complex, multi system, multi symptom, environmentally induced illness (colloquially known as mould illness) in genetically susceptible people, after exposure to the interior of a water damaged building (WDB).
Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS) is the grave life threatening illness, that all Physicians know as Sepsis, upon which CIRS is modelled. In Australia each year approximately 15,000 patients are admitted to ICU with this often fatal illness.
Dr Ritchie Shoemaker, a Physician in Maryland, United States, has been at the forefront of studying, reporting and treating this environmentally induced disease since 1998. He has now seen over 12,000 patients with the illness classified as CIRS.
There are 4 different categories of CIRS (CIRS-Ciguatera, CIRS-PLS, CIRS-Dinoflagellates, CIRS-WDB) but this website will be concentrating and reporting on the latter, which is classified CIRS-WDB (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome-Water Damaged Building) due to the burgeoning numbers of people affected here in Australia (estimated 1500 people to date) and the personal interest to the author of this website and her family, affected by CIRS-WDB.