Visualising Babesiosis in the US (2014-2017) using data from Project Tycho


I am a university student at Swansea University doing a Data Visualisation coursework. I am trying to visualise health data, specifically from Project Tycho. I am trying to visualise the number of cases of Babesiosis in the USA for the years 2014-2017

Data from:
Van Panhuis W., Cross A., Burke D., Counts of Babesiosis reported in UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: 2013-2017 (version 2.0, April 1, 2018): Project Tycho data release
DOI: 10.25337/T7/ptycho.v2.0/US.21061004

Description of Image:

Visual Design Type: Packed Bubbles

Name of Tool: Tableau

Country: United States

Disease: Babesiosis

Year: 2014-2017

Visual Mappings:

Admin1Name to colour, SUM(Count Value) to size, SUM(Count Value) to label, Admin1Name to label, Admin1ISO to label

Unique Observation:

Throughout the four year period 2014-2017, it is evident that New York and Massachusetts were the most affected places. It is also easy to see that the third most affected place for the years 2014,2015,2016 was Connecticut. However in 2017 the number of cases there decreased dramatically. This however was not the case for New York. The number of cases increased by approximately 50% since the previous year.

I am looking for some advice on my design. More specifically:
Does the type of visual design chosen make sense for this dataset?
Is my observation correct?
How could I improve my design to get more information from it, and, are there any other methods I could use to better visualise the data?


If you are using colours to denote the different states, then perhaps a bubble graph would be overkill. I would recommend making use of the colours to convey more information, maybe some sort of scale that includes some other metric to measure the data with.
Assuming your data is correct, the observation you have made would also be correct, something that is shown clearly from your apt use of labels to denote the actual figures for total babesiosis counts in each state.
I answered your third question in the first paragraph so i think would be unnecessary to repeat myself.
i Hope this clears things up for you.