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Key Findings

The Ebola Outbreak has Challenged the Global PPE Market
•The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is unprecedented, and never before has personal protective equipment (PPE) been this large of a focus for such a deadly, infectious disease.
•This outbreak has presented the PPE market with challenges that must be addressed to overcome this global crisis.

A Small Boost in PPE Demand
•With the global struggle to tackle this deadly disease, the PPE market has undoubtedly seen a small boost in revenues, adding to the global financial burden caused by the Ebola outbreak.
•The demand, however, is short lived and volatile in nature, urging PPE manufacturers to stay focused on the core market when addressing the Ebola PPE demand.

Ebola Containment versus Ebola Preparedness
•While the West African nations have struggled to contain Ebola with limited available PPE resources, developed nations are stockpiling PPE for Ebola preparedness, thereby disrupting the PPE supply chain.

Ebola Virus Disease—Fast Facts

•Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a deadly illness characterized by fever, fatigue, muscle pain, headache, and sore throat at the initial stages, followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rashes, and internal and external bleeding at the later stages.
•The virus spreads only through blood and other bodily fluids.
•EVD was first identified in 1976, and the recent outbreak of the disease in parts of Africa has triggered a global concern.
•Unfortunately, the disease has hit some of the poorest countries in Africa that have low healthcare facilities, causing their economies to slump further.
•A total of x cases of EVD were recorded in 2014, spanning a period of x months, with a net fatality rate of x %.
•The West African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia constitute the epicenter of the current epidemic, accounting for x % of the recorded cases, with Nigeria, Mali, the United States, the United Kingdom, Senegal, and Spain accounting for the rest.
•Among the x intense-transmission countries, the fatality rate in 2014 was highest in Guinea ( x %) and lowest in Sierra Leone ( x %).

Table Of Contents

Ebola—Threat, Challenge, and Response: A PPE Perspective : Ebola Containment and Preparedness has Spurred a Small Boost to the PPE Market
Executive Summary 3
Ebola Virus Disease—Fast Facts 5
Role of Personal Protective Equipment in Combating the Ebola Virus Disease 9
Challenges Presented by the Ebola Virus Disease to the Personal Protective Equipment
Market 15
Impact of the Ebola Virus Disease on the Personal Protective Equipment Market 24
Ebola Personal Protective Equipment—Product Offerings and Competitive Landscape 35
Specialized Personal Protective Equipment Products for Ebola Control—Feasibility for
Product Innovation 40
Conclusion 45
The Frost and Sullivan Story 50

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