By 2010 there were around 81,000 left, but this year marked the start of the saiga die-offs.
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The cause of the outbreak is unknown, but scientists believe that it is always fatal.
Sadly, poaching remains a problem, not for food but for Chinese traditional medicine. The translucent, foot-long horns belonging to the males are ground into a powder and used for the treatment of headaches and fever, and a pound of powder can fetch US$2,000.