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During the Original Outbreak of the Rage Virus in Great Britain, the U.S. and U.K. were already embroiled in the War on Terror and the War in Iraq. The President at the time was George W. Bush. The day before broadcasts in the country ceased, there were reports that the Infection had surfaced in Paris, France, and New York, US (28 Days Later (film)). However, these reports were presumably false. On Day 15 of the outbreak, there was also mass paranoia in the US of Infection spreading to America. The irrational panic caused a stampede of travelers at JFK International Airport in New York, killing roughly 1,000 people. The FAA eventually redirected American air carriers from flying to Great Britain to enforce the Quarantine and grounded all international air travel. (28 Days Later (comic series)) The U.S. would welcome hundreds of thousands of British refugees and expatriates during the Outbreak.
Several weeks after the Outbreak, the U.S. Navy had taken the lead in enforcing the maritime quarantine around the British isles. The U.S. Marine Corps under NATO Command had begun initial expeditionary operations in Scotland where Rage Victims remained alive due to having been infected later than those starving. Unbeknownst to the larger military and public, the Central Intelligence Agency had sent infiltration teams to round up infected and non-infected survivors for the purpose of researching the Rage Virus to see if it could be weaponized. The CIA used prisoners of war from the Middle East as test subjects as well.
Eleven weeks after the original outbreak in Britain, by which time most of the Infected in England had died of starvation, the US led a NATO military force into London to repatriate the city. However, twenty-eight weeks after the Original Outbreak, when the Rage Virus broke out in the security zone, the United States Army resorted to exterminating and massacring both the infected and uninfected residents and firebombing the green zone. (28 Weeks Later, 28 Days Later (comic series)) Despite the fall of London, the U.S. continued to allow commercial air traffic from Mainland Europe which put the country at risk when the Rage Virus spread to France and presumably other countries in Western Europe.