The working group is responsible for projects aimed at the detection, occurrence and description of emerging viruses. To accomplish this task, the scientists are collecting samples of potential virus carriers, such as game, farm and domestic animals, thereby building up a comprehensive database. Furthermore, each group assesses the risk of zoonosis, i.e. the transmission of viruses from animals to humans. The results of the group can assist in developing new diagnostic options and clinical applications in order to be prepared for emergencies and respond more rapidly to outbreaks of new viral diseases.