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Human Polyomavirus, Provincial Laboratory (BK Virus only)

Referred out to Alberta Provincial Laboratory for Public Health (ProvLab)

Consult the ProvLab Guide to Services for test requirements and complete the appropriate ProvLab requisition available at: http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/lab/Page3317.aspx.

Source Urine or Blood
Mnemonic

Urine: BKVUR
Blood: BKVBL

Specimen Requirements

Urine:
Collect specimen in sterile collection container.  At least 2 mL early morning first-void urine sample is preferred.  Random urine collection is also acceptable. 

Blood: 
1 x 4 mL EDTA tubes, whole blood.
Infants: 2 mL

Specimen Handling Urine:
Aliquot urine into Vacutainer tube, using Urine Transfer Straw Kit, before transporting. Keep urines refrigerated prior to and during transport. 

Blood:
DO NOT centrifuge; DO NOT freeze. Transport blood on ice. Ensure tube is not in direct contact with ice pack so specimen does not freeze.
Additional Information

Testing Location Referred out to ProvLab
Testing Frequency
Alternate Name(s) BK Virus
Reference Interval