USA Contagious Disease Data

How to query public data sets using BigQuery

BigQuery is a fully managed data warehouse and analytics platform. Public datasets are available for you to analyze using SQL queries. You can access BigQuery public data sets using the web UI, the command-line tool, or by making calls to the BigQuery REST API using a variety of client libraries such as Java, .NET, or Python.

Currently, BigQuery public datasets are stored in the US multi-region location. When you query a public dataset, supply the --location=US flag on the command line, choose US as the processing location in the BigQuery web UI, or specify the location property in the jobReference section of the job resource when you use the API. Because the public datasets are stored in the US, you cannot write public data query results to a table in another region, and you cannot join tables in public datasets with tables in another region.

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  1. Sign in to your Google Account.

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  2. Select or create a GCP project.

    Go to the Manage resources page

  3. Make sure that billing is enabled for your project.

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Dataset overview

This public data is published by the US Department of Health and Human Services and includes all weekly surveillance reports of nationally notifiable diseases for all U.S. cities and states published between 1888 and 2013. The data set consists of eight important vaccine-preventable contagious diseases: diphtheria, hepatitis A, measles, mumps, pertussis, polio, rubella and smallpox.

You can start exploring this data in the BigQuery console:

Go to the USA Contagious Disease Dataset

Sample queries

Here are some examples of SQL queries you can run on this data in BigQuery.

These samples use BigQuery’s legacy SQL by setting the #legacySQL prefix. For more information, see Setting a query prefix.

Diseases by year

Comparing Mumps outbreak in California and Connecticut

Mumps shows the same seasonal pattern coast to coast, in both California and Connecticut, during the 1970 outbreak.

About the data

Dataset Source:

Category: Health

Use: This dataset is publicly available for anyone to use under the following terms provided by the Dataset Source — — and is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, express or implied, from Google. Google disclaims all liability for any damages, direct or indirect, resulting from the use of the dataset.

View in BigQuery: Go to the USA Contagious Diseasae Dataset

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