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Tests identify which strain of the flu killed 12-year-old West Palm boy

Dylan Winnik
Dylan Winnik

Preliminary tests indicate that Influenza B killed a 12-year-old boy in West Palm Beach last week, according to the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner.

Dylan Winnik, a seventh-grader at Okeeheelee Middle School, was found unresponsive at his father’s home near Southern Boulevard and South Military Trail on Tuesday. When first responders arrived, they were too late, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Dylan, who did not receive a flu shot this year, began feeling symptoms on Sunday and died 48 hours later.

His father, Sergio Winnik, told the Post that Dylan had a 102-degree fever on Monday night, that lowered to 98 degrees after Dylan took fever-reducing medication.

Dylan’s death comes in the midst of a very active flu season that has already killed 30 children across the United States, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. In addition to Dylan, two other children have died in Florida so far this season, according to the Florida Department of Health.

A GoFundMe page set up by Dylan’s stepfather for a memorial and funeral had raised more than $22,000 as of Saturday afternoon.

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