Institute of Epidemiology

The Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI), Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, works on farm animal health and welfare as well as for the protection of humans from zoonoses. The 257 scientists and more than 640 other FLI staff members focus on the prevention of diseases by developing and improving rapid diagnostics and prophylactic measures, providing the background for modern control strategies for animal diseases and zoonoses. As a federal research institute and independent higher federal authority under the Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, the FLI has a consultative function which helps providing the scientific basis for political decision-making. The institute performs epidemiological investigations during outbreaks of animal diseases. FLI also prepares risk assessments on various infectious diseases of farm animals.

Role in the project

WP2: participating task 2.1

WP3: contributor task 3.1

Personnel Involved

Dr. Carola Sauter-Louis, PhD, Dip. ECVPH

Institute of Epidemiology (IfE)
Deputy Head of Institute
Email: carola.sauter-louis(at)
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Dr. Christoph Staubach

Institute of Epidemiology (IfE)
Senior scientist
Email: christoph.staubach(at)
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Schrapps_T_Internet_2015.jpgThorsten Schrapps

Institute of Epidemiology (IfE)
Email: thorsten.schrapps(at)






Other relevant projects

  • CSF / ASF WB-DB: CSF / ASF Wild Boar surveillance database
  • APHAEA: harmonised Approaches in monitoring wildlife Population Health, And Ecology and Abundance

Relevant publications

  1. Schoene C.U., Staubach C., Grund C., Globig A., Kramer M., Wilking H., Beer M., Conraths F.J., Harder T.C. - Towards a new, ecologically targeted approach to monitoring wild bird populations for avian influenza viruses -
  2. Thulke H.H., Eisinger D., Freuling C., Fröhlich A., Globig A., Grimm V., Müller T., Selhorst T., Staubach C., Zips S. - Situation-based surveillance: adapting investigations to actual epidemic situations -
  3. Wilking H., Ziller M., Staubach C., Globig A., Harder T.C., Conraths F.J. - Chances and limitations of wild bird monitoring for the avian influenza virus H5N1--detection of pathogens highly mobile in time and space -
  4. Sonnenburg J., Schulz K., Staubach C., Conraths F.J. - A simulation model to determine sensitivity and timeliness of surveillance strategies - (SUBMITTED by Transboundary and Emerging Diseases)
  5. Sonnenburg J., Schulz K., Blome S., Staubach C. - The challenge to detect Classical Swine Fever virus circulation in wild boar – simulation of sampling options - (Accepted by Journal of Wildlife Diseases)
  6. Schulz K., Calbab C., Peyreb M., Staubach C., Conraths F.J. - Hunters' acceptability of the surveillance system and alternative surveillance strategies for Classical Swine Fever in wild boar - a participatory approach