Mr. Whitty even went as far as to warn the spread of the insects poses one of the “biggest threats to global security”.
However, he added that he believes that by the time zika reaches the British Isles, there should be a vaccine developed.
More about Zika virus
Zika was first discovered in 1947 in the Zika forest in Uganda.
The worst outbreaks have been in Brazil and South America, parts of Asia and also in areas of Africa.
In 2016, the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak a public health emergency.
Those wanting to conceive and pregnant women are at risk, as Zika can cause microcephaly, which is a severe and fatal brain defect that causes damage to their eyes and a slow head growth.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends women and men diagnosed with Zika or who have been exposed to Zika should wait at least three months after return or start of symptoms before trying to conceive