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BFMS Virus Kit Info

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BMFS kit information

The bag-mediated filtration system (BMFS) was developed by Dr. Meschke from the School of Public Health at the University of Washington to facilitate poliovirus (PV) environmental surveillance.  The project is funded by PATH (a global nonprofit improving public health).  BMFS can be used to collect and concentrate other enteric viruses from wastewater or other water samples. It is designed to filter water samples in the field and elute viruses from the filter without electric pumps.  The BMFS includes four different types of kits:

1. BMFS field reusable kit: It includes tripod (6-hook), backpack, rope (1/4", 25' long), spray bottle, clipboard, cold chamber, ice packs, hand Sanitizer, pen, permanent marker, bucket, bucket Lid, thermometer, and pH strips.  Scientific Methods Inc only provides Tripod (6-hook), Rope (1/4", 25' long) and 5-gallon bucket with lid.  We can put together a complete kit as requested.

2. BMFS field consumable kit: It contains 2” disposable ViroCap filter (see picture), 6-liter bag, bag clamp, tubing, biohazard bags, wipes. And other necessary accessories. 2” disposable can be used with a pump if the power is available.  It has been used to concentrate enteric viruses from surface water and coronavirus in wastewater.

3.  BMFS lab reusable kit: This kit is designed to elute viruses from the filter and includes Bilge hand pump, a custom-made stand to hold filter housing as well as a sample container, tubing (autoclavable), air filter, 150 ml syringe, and C-clamps.

4. BMFS lab consumable kit: it contains a sampling cup with a lid (sterile) and a modified lid.

Scientific Methods Inc also can provide a PPE kit (person protection kit) for sampling and elution.  The kit includes a large and medium lab coat, 2 face masks, and 8 pairs of large and medium gloves.

For any question about BMFS kits, please contact

For a quote, please contact

For detailed protocols, please see this YouTube video created by the University of Washington.

BMFS field protocol:

BMFS Lab protocol:

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