Outbreak of infectious diseases such as Ebola and Dengue had an immense impact on the growth of disinfectants market. The dramatic outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) during 2014 – 2016 affecting Sierra, Liberia, Nigeria, Guinea, U.S., U.K., Mali, Italy, Senegal and Spain is one such instance. As per the data released by World Health Organization (WHO) in June 2016, there were over 10,000 reported cases of people suffering from EVD in Liberia, out of which almost 5,000 people died. This was followed by Sierra and Guinea, where more than 6,500 people died during the Ebola outbreak. Ebola virus can cause severe hemorrhagic fever which can also be fatal. During and after this outbreak, consumer health concerns regarding infectious diseases in turn creates high demand for disinfectants. During 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2016 there was a number of fatalities reported in India due to dengue. As per the statistics released by the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (India), 111,880 cases of dengue fever were reported in the country during 2016 resulting in 227 deaths. This has also fueled the demand for disinfectants globally.
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Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing region in the disinfectants market, mainly due to growing health concerns and increasing prevalence of infectious diseases. Europe is projected to be the largest market for disinfectants over the forecast period. This is mainly attributed to high health awareness among the populace in the region and large concentration of end-use industries. Emerging economies such as India, China, and Brazil are majorly untapped markets that can be tapped into by manufacturers to achieve substantial growth in the market. Manufacturers have also came up with the concept of ‘disinfectant sachets’ especially for the rural areas and noncommercial usage. For example, DuPont introduced VIRKON S VIRUCIDAL disinfectant sachets especially for the Indian market.
Disinfectants are chemicals that destroy harmful vegetative forms of fungi and bacteria. Disinfectants are used in various end-use industries due to its distinctive features such as microbiological sterilization. Air disinfectants, alcohol, aldehydes, oxidizing agents, phenolic, and ammonium compounds are the commonly used disinfectants.
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The global disinfectants market is driven by various factors such as growing health awareness and increasing number of patients suffering from infectious diseases, including influenza, tuberculosis, measles, and malaria, among others. The 2014 outbreak of Ebola is a major epidemic that significantly fueled demand for disinfectants. The outbreak of dengue in the eastern part of India during 2011, 2013, and 2016 has also fueled demand and hence, boosted growth of the disinfectants market.
Key players in the global disinfectants market include Zoetis, Nufarm Limited, Stepan Company, Quat-Chem Ltd., Thymox Technology and The Chemours Company.
Aerial disinfectants are used to reduce concentration of various pollutants in the air. Surface disinfectants are used in commercial as well noncommercial sectors primarily as floor cleaners. Water sanitizing disinfectants are used to treat wastewater and to sanitize ponds and swimming pools for human usage.