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Unformatted text preview: MacArthur, in his deposition, testified that the odds of Sharp infecting a
fellow produce worker were one in ten-million under normal circumstances. J.A. at 159.
(MacArthur Dep.). n4 By comparison, he testified that infection of a patient by an HIV+
surgeon with her hands in the body cavity of the patient would be anywhere from one in
forty-thousand to one in four-hundred-thousand depending on the study. J.A. at 158.
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on his hand, held the wound wide open, and Sharp bled directly into it, then the
likelihood of transmission would increase to one in three-thousand. J.A. at 160.
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The expert testimony suggests that the risk of infection to Sharp's co-workers is not
significant. As a result, he does not present a direct threat to any of them. Yet, even if he
did present a direct threat, he is still a "qualified worker" if he can be reasonably
accommodated. 42 U.S.C. § 12113(3); 29 C.F.R. § 1630.2(r) (1997). There is no dispute
that providing Sharp with steel gloves and his own separate knives were reasonable
accommodations that would further reduce the likelihood and imminence of
transmission. Maj. slip op. at 8 & n.6. 230 All of this expert testimony emphasizes the point that likelihood and imminence of
infection could be determined without resort to a medical examination of Sharp. The
majority focuses on parts of the testimony where both experts suggest that a medical
examination would have been beneficial primarily to determine Sharp's intellect and
personal hygiene habits. However, neither Dan Prevo nor anyone else had observed or
reported any aberrations in Sharp's intellect or personal hygiene habits. Thus, Prevo's had
no foundation for believing that a personalized medical examination of Sharp was
necessary [*1103] to conduct the direct-threat analysis. From the [**45] foregoing
analysis, I conclude that it is...
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