When compared to sars and the bird flu, how bad is this swine flu right now?

Not bad. The swine flu 2 years ago (2009) was quite bad at first but, given the rapid development of a vaccine, infection control, and aggressive treatment, it came under control nicely. This year (2011-12) the influenza outbreak has been mild to date (december 27). There are no current sars or bird flu outbreaks in north america.
Not bad. The U.S. Public health emergency for 2009 h1n1 influenza expired on 06/23/10. On 08/10/10, the world health organization (who) declared an end to the 2009 h1n1 pandemic globally. Cdc recommends a yearly flu vaccination. 2010-2011 seasonal influenza vaccine will protect against an h3n2 virus, an influenza b virus, and the 2009 h1n1 virus that emerged last year to cause the global pandemic.

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In comparison to sars and bird flu, how bad is swine flu?

Less severe. As of now swine flu is difficult to transmit to humans, therefore is less of a direct health threat, at present unless one has prolonged exposure to pigs. The virus has some biological similarities to a flu virus that caused a very deadly flu pandemic in 1918 which killed 50 million people. The fear is a mutation in the swine flu virus could enable it to more easily infect humans, as in 1918. Read more...
Not as bad. While sars and bird flu have high mortality and it is much lower with swine flu. The outcome depends on individual susceptibility and general health status. There is finite mortality with swine flu as well. Read more...

Are there seasonality for sars, swine flu, bird flu?

No, yes, yes. Influenza tends to start in the late fall, peak through the winter and taper off in the spring. Sars occurred over 1.5 years and had sporadic outbreaks based on contacts and animal carriers, and hasn't been seen since 2004. Read more...
Yes. Since 2004, no cases of sars reported anywhere in the world. In 2011, a specific h3n2 virus was detected with genes from avian, swine and human viruses and the 2009 h1n1 pandemic virus m gene. There were 12 human infections with this virus, termed h3n2v, most were associated with exposure to pigs. In 2012, h3n2v outbreaks in human associated with exposure to pigs began in july and never ended. Read more...

What is the difference between bird flu and swine flu?

Different strains. There are a large number of different varieties of influenza virus that have natural affinity for different species. Bird flu and swine flu are two such strains. The animal viruses occasionally acquire the ability to infect humans. Read more...
Different strains. Avian flu (h5n1) and swine flu (h1n1) are different strains and have different rates of infection and typical courses when they infect people. The cdc has lots of great info on this. For more information... http://www.cdc.gov. Read more...

What's the difference between the swine flu and the bird flu?

Different strains of. Influenza a virus. The different stains have different molecules on their surface and selectively infect certain species. For more information see this site. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/gen-info/flu-viruses.htm. Read more...

Why is swine flu more deadly than the bird flu?

Not necessarily true. Any influenza can be mild or fatal. The severity of an epidemic is determined by the efficiency of transmission and the prevalence of immunity in the population which is infected. For any one individual, there is very little difference in the severity of swine and avian influenza. For a community, the above described factors as well as many others can contribute to the severity of an outbreak. Read more...

How come swine flu more deadly literally than bird flu?

Not necessarily. Correct. There are multiple stains of both swine and bird flu and each strain has different pattern of disease and death rate. Read more...

How does swine flu differ from the bird flu?

Passage through host. Avian flu normally has to go through swine before it can jump to infect humans. In 1997, a special type of avian flu was found to have skipped the step in swine, so that they could infect humans directly; luckily, there as no huge pandemic because humans couldn't transmit it to each other. Read more...