4. Experts also noted that the population control policies adopted in recent years have started to pay off.
5. Late last year, the World Health Organization declared that Zika virus was no longer a global emergency. But the disease’s effects on babies who may live for decades are only beginning to be understood. In northeastern Brazil, where links between the virus and birth defects like microcephaly were first detected, families struggle to give the best lives possible to stricken babies. Researchers hope to find clues about the virus’s effects on the fetus by studying pairs of twins in Brazil in which one was born with birth defects and the other was not.
6. The low reading was driven by a fall in the production component, whereas the forward-looking new orders component increased for a sixth straight month.