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New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 16, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico NEW THE SANTA FE OCTOBER SUNDAY The new bird flu Is the threat real Russia Area of Siberia Taking flight The H5N1 virus a deadly strain of avian flu has spread qirfckly in the bird population across much of Asia and into Europe The map shows when the disease was confirmed to exist in each country 112004 R 2005 Source World Organisation Highest deaths million cases Lowest 886 deaths cases Projected totals Deaths Hospitalizations million Flu cases million Experts fear a deadly strain of avian flu could be as devastating as the 1918 virus that killed thousands in New Mexico and 50 million worldwide By Christine Barber The New Mexican A fter burying several people alive during the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic the families of SOCOITO made a rule Wait 24 hours before laying the dead to rest learned the hard way that seeming dead and being dead are two different things They heard the crying of the people in their graves from the said Gertrude Rivera 79 She hadnt been born when the epidemic occurred but she remembers the stories told her by her mother The Spanish flu or bird flu killed people in New Mexico and 50 million worldwide Everyone knew someone who had died They didnt even put them in said Simona Garcia 96 who was 4 years old in 1918 They just wrapped them in blankets They were dying too Although the Spanish flu no longer exists disease specialists now worry that an outbreak of a new avian Alexander New Mexican Photos by the Associated Press flu will be as globally devastating as the 1918 version Already the new bird flu has claimed 67 lives in South east Asia and last week Turkey and Romania con firmed outbreaks among poultry the first in Europe World health organizations and many governments are calling for international meetings to talk about the possibility of a pandemic According to some experts if avian flu becomes a pandemic there will be two types of people in the world those who are exposed to it and die and those who are exposed to it and live A chance mutation Human infection avian influenza is still a rare event because the disease has not yet learned how to spread from one person to another But epidemiologists say that could change if a per son already infected with the regular human flu gets the new avian flu possibly from contact with poultry Please see FLU Page A6 ONE DOLLAR IRAQ VOTE Sunnis turn out but likely fall short Officials estimate 9 million cast ballots on peaceful day By Lee Keath The Associated Press BAGHDAD Iraq Many were dressed as if for a wedding men in suits and ties women in fine veils even young children in holiday clothes But the Sunni Arabs were lined up at the polling stations for a battle their lastditch attempt to stop a constitution they feel will break up Iraq They were likely to fall just short of defeat ing it though it appeared a close call Shiites and Kurds also turned out in strength in crucial parts of the country to support the charter in Saturdays referen dum which will determine the shape of the nations young democracy after decades of dictatorship It was a stark contrast from parliamentary elections eight months ago when the Sunni Arab minority embittered by its loss of the power it held under Saddam Hussein boy cotted the vote and the Shiite majority and Kurds voted in droves elated at their new Please see IRAQ Page A4 INSIDE Santa Fe survivors recall the deadly Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 Page A7 Bracing for disaster fatigue Charities wonder whether burnedout donors will dig deeper for local programs By Anne Constable The New Mexican Nonprofits preparing for their endofthe year fundraising campaigns have one more thing to worry about disaster fatigue They fear their donors who have already contributed to hurricane relief along the Gulf Coast and now to international aid organiza tions working in earthquakeravaged Paki stan will feel tapped out come December Benefactors might give less or not at all Traditionally nonprofits receive 80 per cent of their annual contributions in the last two months of the year Many donors like Carlota Baca director of Please see FATIGUE Page A5 OBITUARIES Bunny B Pettit 77 Oct 7 Cecilia Contreras 67 Santa Fe Oct 14 D D McMillan 96 Sept 26 Ernesto Olguin Oct 14 Louise 88 Santa Fe Oct 14 Randee K Brown Oct 13 PageC2 MOORE LOBOS TOP WYOMING 2724 Running back helps New Mexico snap a threegame losing streak with more than 200 yards of offense Sports Bl TRIBE MEMBERS PUSH TO AMEND CONSTITUTION Santa Clara Pueblo members are circulating a petition to amend tribal law to grant children of mixed marriages new rights Local news Cl THE PROSECUTION OF SADDAM HUSSEIN ExIraqi dictators trial starts Wednesday focuses on 1982 massacre Nation World Hl SIMM it no on for DbttWMjng KIMU JEOPARDY COMES CALLING An estimated hungry hopefuls try out for the popular game show and only the strongest survive Sunday magazine inside TODAY A passing shower this morning High 71 low 42 PageC8 Index AlQcaNyownedamlMe 7 Annies Mdentnewspaper Horoscope Local Mutual Time AV Main Late News Eleven sections 112 pages Sunday magazine 40 pages 156th year Issue No 289 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years
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