After a journalist reveals that Phalanx does nothing to prevent zombification, and moreover that the infected are not victims of rabies but rather walking corpses, a period known as the "Great Panic" begins. It is speculated that more deaths are caused by this disaster than the zombie plague itself, as the world begins to destabilize and order breaks down. Panicked refugees by the millions move aimlessly all over the world searching for safety, and some begin taking matters into their own hands to fight the undead, instead causing the deaths of many uninfected. Pakistan and Iran destroy each other in a nuclear war over Pakistani refugees entering Iran. Russia forces a decimation of the military to prevent mutinies. Ukraine gases large numbers of refugees and soldiers alike to weed out the infected.