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BK virus (BKV) is a ubiquitous polyoma virus (belonging to the family Papovaviridae) that is often acquired during early childhood. BKV is a small (~45 nm) icosahedral, non-enveloped double-stranded DNA virus composed of 5,000 base pairs. The primary BKV infection often occurs around ages 3-4 years old, after which it lies dormant in the genito-urinary tract and can become reactivated in certain immunocompromised disease states including renal transplant and HIV. A higher prevalence of BKV is seen among HIV positive patients with lower CD4 cell counts. The mechanism for BKV transmission is still unknown but is speculated to be fecal-oral, respiratory, and via organ transplant. PMID: 26293687 Source: Regenstrief LOINC

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zh-CN Chinese (China) BK 病毒
Synonyms: BKV
fr-CA French (Canada) Virus BK
et-EE Estonian (Estonia) BK-viirus
es-ES Spanish (Spain) Virus BK
it-IT Italian (Italy) BK virus
Synonyms: Virus BK
tr-TR Turkish (Turkey) BK virüsü
ru-RU Russian (Russian Federation) BK вирус
nl-NL Dutch (Netherlands) BK-virus
fr-BE French (Belgium) Virus BK
pl-PL Polish (Poland) Wirus BK
Synonyms: Wirus BK