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Health officials cut off water in part of building after 17 are sickened

Baltimore health officials say a water heater they blamed for sickening people at an office complex has been replaced, but the building’s water systems must be flushed.

Seventeen employees at the Johns Hopkins at Keswick administrative complex were sickened last week and 11 were sickened Monday.

Officials say the two buildings at the complex will be open on Wednesday, but water in the north section of the south building will be turned off during the workday, and access to all water sources in that part of the building will remain blocked.

Once flushing and retesting have been completed, city and state sanitation officers will recertify the water system for potability and inspect the cafeteria.